However, Shafran made an interesting statement therein. When Chesley Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 several months back, I was wondering why people were calling Sullenberger a hero - he was doing what any of us would've done. Indeed, Shafran agrees:
He saved 155 lives, no doubt about it, and is certainly owed the gratitude of those he saved, and of their families and friends. And he executed tremendous skill. But no moral choice was involved in his act. He was on the plane too, after all; his own life depended on undertaking his feat no less than the lives of others. He did what anyone in terrible circumstances would do: try to stay alive. He was fortunate (as were his passengers) that he possessed the talents requisite to the task, but that’s a tribute to his training, and to the One Who instilled such astounding abilities in His creations (and Whose help the captain was not quoted as acknowledging). Basketball players are highly skilled, too – and heroes, in fact, to some. But I have never managed to understand that latter fact.Anyways, it was nice to know that I was not unique in my thinking on this issue - not that what Sullenberger did wasn't special.