In the boat 

We are all in the boat.

That’s one of the messages of the movie “Titanic.”  The movie tells a story of people who spend most of their time trying to show they are better than someone else.  They have their idea about what really counts in life and devote their energy to keeping score and making sure others know how well they are doing.  They believe it is their score that puts them in the boat and the low scores of others that keep them out. They define the quality of their boat by the low scores of those who don’t qualify to get on board.  

In the end though their differences don’t really make a difference.  When the boat sinks everyone goes in the water.  No matter how much energy we put into talking about the things that seperate us, how much emphasis we put on who’s got more and who’s got less, no matter how much time we devote to the boundaries that seperate us one thing is abundantly clear– if we don’t take care of what unites us then we will all find ourselves all a passenger on the Titanic.  We are all in the boat and we fool ourselves if we think otherwise.

So often we live as if the purpose of life was to get what we want and keep  what we have.  In the pursuit of that life we seem to never lack in the ability to find justification in choices and decisions that violate our most basic moral standards and leave us later wondering what we could have ever been thinking.  As someone once said, “Nobody ever went broke betting on the ability of people to find justification for things that have no justification.”

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