In the early hours of April 14, 1912, the largest and most luxurious ship in the world at the time, the Titanic, sunk hours after hitting an iceberg, killing 1,502 people. It was on its maiden journey from Southampton to New York.
At the time, the ship epitomised the cutting edge of technology, inspiring awe and wonder. But what is significant to us is the attitude of the owners and builders of the ship. They thought it was unsinkable.
In fact, it is alleged that a couple of days before the accident occurred a local newspaper had said about the vessel: “The ship is unsinkable, even God himself can’t sink it.”
The story of the Titanic, documented as one of the worst maritime disasters in the history has been told and retold over the years. It spins the imagination of many people to this day. But perhaps the most tragic part of this disaster is that it did not have to happen at all.
Less emphasised details reveal how the Titanic’s captain and her crew ignored the increasing signs of danger as the ship sped through the night on a rendezvous with disaster. Believing it was unsinkable, the builders did not prepare it for an iceberg ripping through several compartments or any other possible accident. It was not fitted with enough lifeboats and there was no organised plan for evacuation in case of an emergency.
The overconfident captain did not slow down or put adequate measures in place even after being warned of a giant iceberg ahead.
Most of us more often than not behave like the captain and crew of the Titanic. We believe that our ideas, strategies career, business or even life as a whole is infallible. Consequently we expose ourselves to grave dangers. More so we fail to take precautions or forms of insurance against something that may happen.
It is always safe to take precautions. Never be too confident of certain results. This can cloud your reasoning and expose you to risk of the worst happening. Always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
“So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. 1 Corinthian 10: 12”