Battle of Egos

There’s a new transcript that has hit the internet.  Posted on Facebook as a “Canadians v. Americans” jab, I found it rather hilarious when I first read it.  I read it as more of an example of how pride can get in the way of common sense and how the ego can blind us from the bigger picture.  It reads as follows:

This is the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995.  Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10- 95.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision. 

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid collision.

C:  Negative.  You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision. 

A:  This is the captain of a US Navy ship.  I say again, divert your course. 

C:  No, I say again, divert your course. 

A:  This is the Aircraft Carrier US Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet.  We are accompanied by three Destroyers, three Cruisers, and numerous support vessels.  I demand that you divert your course 15 degrees north.  I say again, that’s one-five degrees north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship. 

C:  This is a lighthouse.  Your call. 

Looking back, we can see the humor in this conversation.  When two immovable objects collide, which one gives? 

Fortunately, in this situation, there was no collision.  The immovable ego of the United States and an unmovable object in their way.  How many times do we find ourselves in this same situation. 

We tell ourselves that we are the greatest.  We know all there is to know about a given situation, be it wildland firefighting, painting, photography, or whatever your passion is.  We tell ourselves that we are the greatest at whatever we do. 

We go throughout the world thinking we are better because of where we come from.  We draw strength from the nations that we come from, the friends that surround us, our past experiences and we hold our heads high.  We are an arrogant species. 

But there will always be unmoving things that stand in our way.  There will always be someone better.  There will always be hardships, trials, struggles.  And there sits God, smiling (and sometimes laughing).

We don’t always win.  But that doesn’t mean that we will always lose.  There will be times when we have to stand aside, alter course, slow down so that we don’t smash ourselves into an alteration in God’s plan for us.  It may bruise our egos, but it’s better that hitting that unmoving force.  Trust me, you’ll move (or you’ll bounce off). 

Just some thoughts (and humor)…

God Bless and PEACE


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