Relatives and co-workers might have grieved prematurely. And the passengers of Mayalysis Airlines Flight 370 might be busy learning to live a very different kind of life than they had before boarding the airline. Who knows, for some this could be an adventure. However, they might not be allowed to use their smartphones, which are still active. Therefore, they might feel very much out of touch.
From the latest coverage from The Wall Street Journal, it appears that the jet did continue flying for hours after much of the data-tracking equipment might had been turned off. That means, of course, a version of the television show "Lost," only in real life. Here is the WSJ reporting (sub. req.)
Yes, we human beings are wired (mirror neurons) for empathy. So we feel compassion for the passengers who might have been forced to leave their comfort zone. On the other hand, we are self-absorbed creatures who filter reality through our own likes, dislikes, fears and hopes.
So, given the latter, we are wondering how we would do in a "Lost" situation? Me? I would worry about how my canine companion Lee K. is holding up without me. Will the dog sitter be big-hearted and adopt him? Simultaneously, I would feel liberated without deadlines for creating opinion-editorials. Of course, I would have those end of life reflections, as did the narrator in "All Is Lost." I would regret treating some good people shabbily.
Empathy aside for those in the emotional loop on this one, this saga has become one of the compelling speculative narratives in the history of civilization. At least so far. Like the issue if life is on Mars, we might always wonder where this lost civilization is and how they are doing.