When Cruise Ships Collide

How in the world does this happen?

You’ve got two cruise ships, each of them as big as a small town, calm water, perfect visibility, and one of the ships already docked, not moving; plus radar, video, and–supposedly!–a captain and ship’s officers on the bridge, making sure that all goes well. And yet the one ship still manages to tear into the other’s stern.

Oh, captain, my captain! Where the blazes are ya, dude?

No fog, no tempest, no crowded melee of warships duking it out in the narrow waters of Salamis. No galley slaves, no bald guy pounding on a drum while the centurion shouts “Ramming speed!” This is one of those things that shouldn’t happen. Ever. I mean, how do you plow into a ship that you can see?

I can’t help seeing in this totally avoidable accident a metaphor for the way our whole Western civilization is going, these days. You should avoid it, but you don’t. You plow into the ship that’s sitting right there in front of you.

Without God’s guidance, it happens every time. Watch the S.S. Transgender plow right into the S.S. Moral Blindness. Oops!

8 comments on “When Cruise Ships Collide

  1. “Watch the S.S. Transgender plow right into the S.S. Moral Blindnes” – LOL – again and again…

  2. From what I’ve read, there may have been currents and/or winds which played a role in this collision. My criticism would be more directed at the docking arrangements being so tight. As opposed to the ground anchored vehicles we are familiar with, boats and aircraft move in relationship to the air and water (respectively) and because both air and water can be in motion of their own accord, it’s somewhat understandable that sometimes things go awry. (Anyone that has ever landed an aircraft in crosswind on a gusty day knows exactly what I mean.)

    But my comments are not intended to, in any way, refute your point with regard to this accident a metaphor for the way our whole Western civilization is going, This accident didn’t need to happen and had the docking arrangements been less tight, it probably would not have happened. We need to be more cautious and more aware, as a civilization, of the ramifications of choices which affect critical sectors, such as transportation. Blind optimism does not usually result in sound engineering. Thank goodness this wasn’t an aircraft accident, because there would have been far greater consequences.

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