The experts, reports Bloomberg, have put together the scenario that Flight 370 traveled for several hours after it veered off its scheduled plan. Piracy is suspected. Low on fuel, it could have gone down in proximity to the Indian Ocean. Here is Bloomberg's coverage.
That would mean one thing: The passengers and crew not directly involved in that divergence endured prolonged emotional suffering. It might have also been physical. They might have been hungry and thirsty. Some might have had heart attacks.
So, as we follow this saga, our mirror neurons, which wire us for empathy, have kicked into overdrive. How we feel for those human beings.
It's one thing to recognize that one's life will probably end in a few seconds or few minutes, as with a crash. On the road many of us have had that experience. The car goes out of control. We assume that we will die. Then, we don't die. But every bit of that is stored in our memory bank.
If the jet did find a place to land and there is a rescue, so much art will be created from that extreme example of human survival and strength. How I yearn to ghostwrite one of those memoirs.