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Andreas Lubitz: Life and Death

Being a midwife, and a psychology student, there are some questions I would like to ask about Andreas Lubitz’s childhood. So far the media are feeding us tidbits of information

Andreas Lubnitz Running
Andreas Lubnitz Running
pertaining to discoveries about the Germanwings airbus that crashed into the Alps in France on the 24th March 2015. Clearly, it appears that Andreas was ambitious, in that he achieved his childhood dream of being a pilot and flying aeroplanes. It also appears that he was beset by inner feeling of failure and loss, expressed by his earlier depression, two years ago.

The investigators of this tragedy are required to undertake the task of finding out what happened around the event, but, in my opinion, neither the media, not investigators are asking the real questions, neither will they investigate the underlying causes of Andreas’ state of mind long before he died. The factors that bring an adult to the place where he drives himself and 149 passengers into a mountain are not only immediate, but also subterranean. The factors that drove him to behave in this way at this point in time, have been brewing and building for many years. Andreas’ girlfriend described him as tormented.

From the moment of conception, the unborn baby’s environment counts. My questions are these: was Andreas Lubitz a planned and wanted baby, was he created with love? Was his mother cherished during the 9 months of her pregnancy or were her stress levels high, passing on hormonal handicaps to her unborn child? Was the birth of Andreas a harmonious and empowering experience for his mother and himself, or was it controlled and unnecessarily medicalized? Was baby Andreas separated from his mother at birth in a way that disrupts the instinctual human bonds of love from being formed? Was he held in arms and rocked lovingly, was he allowed to nourish himself at his mother’s breast without restraint? Or was he sleep trained and/or rigorously conditioned to accept unloving limitations imposed by others? Was the love hormone oxytocin activated regularly to give the maternal-infant couple a regular boost of good feelings and a sense of belonging?

If the instinctual and biological needs for being held, physical closeness and emotional interaction were not met as a baby, the feelings of anger and frustration, loss, abandonment, and hurt will have begun to be stored in the body and the primal parts of Andreas Lubnitz’s brain. No information is ever lost, no education is ever ineffective and if the lessons of separation and behaviour training were part of his education in infancy, then the foundation for layers upon layers of suppressed unhappiness and hurt were formed. A childhood of disciplined correctness rather than warmth and cohesiveness continues this training and adds to layers of suppressed sadness, unhappiness and anger. Alice Miller talks about this phenomenon extensively in her books.

How did the early toddler and childhood years roll out for Andreas Lubnitz? How did his father treat his mother? With respect or disdain? Were his parents strict disciplinarians with poor knowledge of their son’s developmental needs? Were they calm and loving toward him, or were they controlling and prescriptive? Was he shouted at or smacked by adults twice his size? Was he alone as a young boy, did he feel abandoned in a world that holds winning as the ultimate prize? Was he psychologically hammered to achieve his milestones or was he supported in kind ways? Was Andreas Lubitz really listened to and was he heard by the adults around him? Did his parents play with him?

We do not know any of these facts.

However, it appears that he was not noticed, not heard, not really listened to in the years before this event. His superiors thought he was fine and he passed the tests with flying colours. His whispers were not being heard. And then, finally he made a murderous decision. In doing so, he has made us all take notice. Now we are listening, but are we hearing the whispers of Andreas Lubitz, from that graveyard mountain in France?

It is my guess that flying gave Andreas Lubitz an immense sensation of freedom and self-control. Something he was not able to find in other circumstances. For the few moments that he was the lead pilot and was alone at the controls, his split self, or alter ego took over, the part of himself that saw death as an escape from the jailhouse of life. The part of himself that could no longer contain his smouldering rage and self hatred, once alone in the cockpit, had ultimate control over life and death. A powerful position indeed.

I reiterate, a human being who needs to take such a draconian measure to achieve a sense of power, is a person who as a child felt abandoned, powerless, humiliated, defenseless.

We need to listen to the whispers from Andreas Lubitz’ mountainside grave. We need to listen and take steps to apply what we learn. The freedom to be self directed begins in the womb. An unborn baby who responds to a nursery rhyme by clapping her hands in the womb shows us that self direction and self actualization is an inherent quality. A baby who has been born gently into an environment where his mother has been tenderly and lovingly cared for, is a baby who may feel that he has birthed himself and is empowered for life. Babies are active participants in the process of birth and the medicalization of childbirth may rob them of this ability. A baby will actively seek the breast and is able to crawl and latch himself onto the nipple, ONLY if he is left alone, undisturbed on his mother’s chest skin-to-skin, to do so. Thus the interactive lessons in loving between mother and child begin, laying the foundation for the capacity to love others in each child’s future.

There are comments about Andreas being a Muslim terrorist in one article, comments about his psychiatric state in another article. These points are not as important as the evidence that globally, among all nations, we are not listening to our babies in the womb, in the cradle, in the home, in the playground. We are not responding to the loving nature of our children, we are instead teaching them that technology rules, that separation is more important than togetherness, that violence is a solution, that intrinsic love or nature has no value. We would be wise to listen to Andreas Lubnitz’s whispers from beyond the veil of death. We are all responsible.

Not one thing happens in our universe that does not affect each one of us.

13 thoughts on “Andreas Lubitz: Life and Death”

  1. I think your words are spot on. This young, upwardly mobile, handsome guy showed no outward signs of the horror to come. The only way to understand it is to go inward. The hysterical (obvious) answer is often the wrong one. So thanks for the insitefull and quite beautiful words, I know from experience what its like to feel unloved, afraid, humiliated..
    Love your kids from the heart, not your wallet…

  2. I am not heard, I am not understood, I am not happy now, but I am not taking gun and shooting people or something else. I even know what is real possession in me and in others. I know that, I know the desire of suicide. But there are the measures – searching, praying for goodness. Even if my life is falling to pieces – I believe in something good, what I can’t see yet, but it will arrive soon, and if it won’t happen – believe it, just believe or remember good moments. Everyone have it

  3. Really? And what will you say to his mother if she finds this blog post, full of supposition, nonsense and unscientific hoodo and she tells you she did all the things you are claiming would have made a difference yet he still ended up mentally unwell and so disturbed he took his own life and those of 149 others? I hope she never finds this article.

  4. You’re also forgetting that there are grieving families behind this story. To hear these sorts of things directed directly at them isn’t very kind right now. If you have some evidence to back your claims up you could pin point them. For all we know something could’ve happened to him outside of the family unit that knocked him off the edge.

  5. As an aeromedical examiner, an important part of my job is trying to assess the psychological status of pilots who I examine, and have come to the conclusion that although scientific data has a major place in the process where physical illness is concerned, by far the most useful faculty is intuition – the gut feeling that all is not well. We are all trained in scientifically based medicine these days, but there is still a place for the intangibles, particularly where psychological factors are concerned, and that is what this article is all about.

  6. I think that the points raised here are valid. I am wondering if he was a survivor of an attempted abortion. If the report that his girlfriend is pregnant is correct it adds weight to this supposition. The increases in domestic violence against women that often begins when they are pregnant is i think connected to the father’s intra uterine experience that is triggered as his cells grow in his baby. In my 35 years of working with primal feelings I have found that those souls who are survivors of attempted abortions have the most challenging incarnations. When the womb was not safe and the mother was the perpetrator they have nowhere to go. The terror and despair that they carry is absolutely awful. I have been deeply touched by their courage to go to those places in side themselves.

  7. I’m really uncomfortable with this article… not everyone who’s treated badly as a child does this sort of thing. You’re just jumping on the bandwagon to get people to your site. None of us know what’s true about this case and to cast such horrible doubt onto his parents and raise doubts in all parents about their births creating people like this is pretty mean without the evidence

  8. Can’t agree. Too much speculation & conjecture. This article seems intent on attaching a conversation about the author’s beliefs onto a current event in the news.

  9. These are exactly the kind of questions I´ve had since this horrible thing happened. But it seems as if few people were wondering about it. This is the reason why society as a whole sees to understand and learn so little about this kind of events, and blame it on the medicines or drugs a person may have been taking. So thanks for expressing it so clearly.

  10. I will not ever fly! I will not place my life in the hands of any stranger—someone about whom I know nothing. To do so, is my definition of stupid!

  11. It has been shown in studies that those people who suffered birth trauma are more likely to commit suicide than the general population. They also tend to kill themselves in a way that mirrors the birth trauma they went through. Thus someone with cord trauma may be more likely to hang themselves, those who were born choking on fluid are more likely to drown themselves, those whose mothers were drugged, are more likely to overdose on drugs and those who because anoxic are more likely to kill themselves by suffocation. In the deep-feeling regressive therapies, reliving birth trauma can help these people get some degree of relief.

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