Originally Posted by atoll
..... if it hadn't been for this chain of events
,my wife and kids
and some of the crew would definitely have been on the beach......................
Ironically Atoll, I also had a near miss in Phuket.
That year I bought SG in Phuket and I told my sister that I enjoyed Thailand and may leave the boat there for a while.
Instead, took her to the Philippines
, but December 14th, my sister emails to say they have impulsively booked Xmas week in a nice hotel
on Phi-Phi…. Would I care to join them?
was booked and the lesser ones limited, so I suggested they change their plans and come visit me in the Philippines
, where we could do some sailing around Puerto Galera.
They did and if not, I am sure my 8 and 11 year old nieces would have been on the beach that terrible morning.
Was back in Phuket last December for a week and spoke to many Thais and expat friends about that time. So many with amazing stories of near misses.
Getting back to the philosophical discussion of metaphysics’ what you ascribed atoll to some form of divine intervention is really only an emotional attempt to justify an unknown. It is a self fulfilling prophecy!
If things had gone different, we may not have been around for this discussion, but the fact that we are…is no proof!
Chance, near misses have always been interesting to me from my early days when I studied parapsychology and the investigation and tests being done at the Rhine Institute.
Reports of higher than average numbers of people interviewed after a public transport disaster, who changed their daily schedule because of an unexplained feeling of danger
seems to give some credence to a sixth sense awareness. But it is too much dependent on an emotional test subject and the desire to explain.
Also, they were unable to interview those who made last minute decisions to get on board the transport.
As a sailor, I listen carefully to my instincts and even in my dream state, I analyze for clues or messages about my decision process.
I think that is a good thing, but not any proof of some larger order or plan