Did you kill Twenty One Pilots? August 20, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to see a band called Twenty One Pilots in Pittsburgh. They were the opening act before Neon Trees. I had no familiarity with the group but was automatically pulled in by their stage presence and what can only be described as a joy that emanated from each note and melody. Honestly, I had paid to see Neon Trees but was completely floored by this band I had never heard of. So as I often do I dug deep into their music and lyrics and investigated everything I could about this band. I found out they were an up and coming band band from Columbus, Ohio. When I went on their website, I discovered the story of two young men who are genuinely trying to change the world through their music.
Twenty One Pilots describes their desire and purpose through their name. I was pleased to find out the name was derived from a book by Arthur Miller called “All My Sons“. I had read this book when I was in high school and remember it well. Miller describes vividly the mindset of a 1930’s World War 2 Era town in America and the struggle to come to grips with loss. The story revolves around a dad who owns an airplane parts manufacturing company that is profiting greatly off of contracts with the government to supply the American fighter plane fleet. The main dilemma of the story focuses on a decision the father must make in regards to a certain part. See, this part that was being manufactured was faulty. The father knew this but had to decide whether to ship it or not.
If he shipped it, it could be deadly, but it may not. However, if he did not ship it, the company would be considered unreliable and it would ultimately result in the loss of contracts, the jobs of hundreds of employees, and ultimately the profits would decline to the point of closure. So, he chooses to ship it. The decision results in the death of Twenty One Pilots. One man who dies happens to be the owners son. There is no way to definitively conclude that the part was responsible but the uncertainty is too much. His daughter disowns him when she realizes her father may be responsible for her brothers death. Overcome with grief the father does the unthinkable and takes his life.
Why do I share this tragic story? Each one of us is faced with choices, and we never know how many people those choices may effect. His decision to put out that part ended the lives of twenty-one men. Their families, friends, and hometowns were all effected by his choice. So you see, it wasn’t just twenty-one pilots, but countless of untold victims of his choice. Are the choices you making changing lives for good or causing people to lose hope? No man is an island to himself. Each one of us effects everyone we come into contact with in one way or another. It may be the choice to not even look at that person or acknowledge they are there, but it is contact none the less. So, as you go through your day think about how your words, actions and non-actions are effecting those around you. Twenty One lives may depend on how you live.
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