Sinking Ship – by Daniel Quinn

The ship was sinking—and sinking fast. The captain told the passengers and crew, “We’ve got to get the lifeboats in the water right away.”

But the crew said, “First we have to end capitalist oppression of the working class. Then we’ll take care of the lifeboats.”

Then the women said, “First we want equal pay for equal work. The lifeboats can wait.”

The racial minorities said, “First we need to end racial discrimination. Then seating in the lifeboats will be allotted fairly.”

The captain said, “These are all important issues, but they won’t matter a damn if we don’t survive. We’ve got to lower the lifeboats right away!”

But the religionists said, “First we need to bring prayer back into the classroom. This is more important than lifeboats.”

Then the pro-life contingent said, “First we must outlaw abortion. Fetuses have just as much right to be in those lifeboats as anyone else.”

The right-to-choose contingent said, “First acknowledge our right to abortion, then we’ll help with the lifeboats.”

The socialists said, “First we must redistribute the wealth. Once that’s done everyone will work equally hard at lowering the lifeboats.”

The animal-rights activists said, “First we must end the use of animals in medical experiments. We can’t let this be subordinated to lowering the lifeboats.”

Finally the ship sank, and because none of the lifeboats had been lowered, everyone drowned.

The last thought of more than one of them was, “I never dreamed that solving humanity’s problems would take so long—or that the ship would sink so SUDDENLY.”

“If the world is saved, it will not be saved by old minds with new programs but by new minds with no programs at all.”

Daniel Quinn


3 thoughts on “Sinking Ship – by Daniel Quinn

  1. “If the world is saved, it will not be saved by old minds with new programs but by new minds with no programs at all.”

    Here is the absolute truth!


    We need to begin anew!


    1. I couldn’t agree more! The breaking of old paradigms to make way for innovation is going to be paramount. We need a few people to pop their clogs first, mind you. Some minds can’t be changed.

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  2. The more you value your life, the greater effort your ego will put into trying to preserve it. That most often translates into trying to minimise risk. But global conflicts which were fought to re-establish peace and preserve life, were not won by those people who were looking to minimize risk, but by those who were willing to sacrifice their lives so that those at home, and future generations, might enjoy a higher quality of life. If your not willing to risk your life for something vitally important, then the quality of the life your living, is not really worth preserving!

    A world full of people who are not willing to risk anything, to preserve what they have, don’t really have anything worth preserving!


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