"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In Times Like These

"You've come a long way, baby," was the campaign slogan of Virginia Slims linking smoking "to women's freedom, emancipation, and empowerment."

With the link above I have a few thoughts~

The Titanic sunk almost exactly 100 years ago.
photo credit: Titanic Universe
A disproportionate number of men died due to the women and children first protocol that was enforced by the ship's crew.Of a total of 2,201 people aboard Titanic only 711, less than a third, survived and 1,514 perished.Overall, only 20 percent of the men survived, compared to nearly 75 percent of the women. (source)

The Costa Concordia ran aground and tipped to its side this week.

Photo Credit News Pictures

Survivors have told how people were screaming and women and children were not given priority.

Fathers desperate to be with their families ignored the order that women and children should go first. There was even fighting between some passengers who tried to get on lifeboats.(source)

Now it seems we have come a long way, haven't we baby? I think those on the cruise should be very thankful that the ship was not too far out to sea as the Titanic was, or things may have turned out very differently.


Mrs.Rabe said...

It's so sad...

Humble wife said...

Yes, Deanna, it is.

Sassy said...

It makes me sick to see or hear how things are going in our world, especially in our US of A.

Humble wife said...

Sassy- me too. How far we have come from simple things, opening a door for the elderly or women, saying please and thankyou~sigh.

musemater said...

What folly!

Protecting those weaker than yourself is natural and fulfilling, neglecting this human purpose coarsens women and keeps boys from becoming men. Hence men shamelessly competing for seats in lifeboats.

We are heading into the harvest for reverse engineering our God given roles. It may take a "full fathom five" sea change, but God is not mocked forever.

Humble wife said...

Muse-you are exactly correct. And God will not be mocked forever, as we know every~EVERY~knee shall bow.

Anonymous said...

Ive been reading this blog for a couple months now and enjoy it very much.
The tradition of women and children first can be traced back to (the) HMS Birkenhead. A British frigate that went down off South Africa's coast. Its a neat little story about real men caring about what matters. Duty and Honor.

Humble wife said...

Yes Anonymous. I linked that story as I mentioned women and children first. It really is an amazing story and duty and honor are disappearing from our eyes. I pray that we are able to overcome this horrible shortcoming in our nation.