Worldwide, the media is flying with new developments about the Germanwings Flight 4U9525 that crashed into the French Alps on March 24th.
The co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, the man that caused this fatal crash, confessed to his ex-girlfriend that he was going to make 'everyone remember him' and that's exactly what we're doing.
The media is focusing in on the reasons behind why Lubitz murdered the 149 innocent passengers and crew members on board and his life instead of focusing on the people who lost their lives. By pointing the spotlight on Lubitz, we are doing exactly what he wanted; we are remembering him and not the ones that we should be remembering. We are not focusing on the fallen passengers and crew members that had their life ripped from their grasp with only a few minutes warning. These few minutes can't even count as a warning as their panic and fear would have risen to levels only people can imagine. That is not how a person’s life should end, not by the choice of others.
There are family, friends and others who were graced by these 149 people morning for the lives that were cut short, and yet, their names have barely been publicised. I understand if the family would prefer to keep the name of their loved one(s) private, however where are the tributes to our fellow fallen Australians, Carol and Greig Friday, and the people that deserve to be remembered? I find it a disgrace that their lives are not being focused on, only the murder, just like he wanted.
It is tragic that Lubitz could have possibly be suffering from a mental illness such as depression, however it is still not right to rip 149 lives from this earth because of a persons desire to 'change the system' and 'be remembered'. He should certainly not be as focused on in the media and in our lives more than those were on that plane, trusting him with their lives.
If you are struggling from a mental illness, do not fear to tell someone. It does not make you any less of a person, it does not make you weak or worthless, it makes you stronger. Everyone is struggling with their own personal struggles, and a mental illness is not one to shy away from family, friends or the world. It is not a category that you are put into, it is a part of your personality. If you are struggling talk to family members, friends or visit the links below.
Black Dog Institute: http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au