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For a Pair of Binoculars

Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable" Titanic hit an iceberg. It sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. About 1500 lives were lost.  

There's always been debate about what caused the tragedy—different explanations have come to light: 

  • The Titanic ignored at least six separate warnings about the ice field—one from another ship, the Californian, which had sailed into the field and stopped for the night for caution.  
  • Captain Smith, it is claimed, wanted to break the record for passage to New York. 
  • There weren't enough lifeboats. There were only 1,178 lifeboat spaces for 2,224 passengers. Since then, every ship has to have enough lifeboat spaces for all passengers. 
  • They never held a proper lifeboat drill. As a result, many of the lifeboats weren't even filled when they put to sea. If you've taken a cruise, you know lifeboat drills are mandatory now. 
  • The Titanic's distress signals went unheeded. A nearby ship (only 20 miles away)—the same Californian that had earlier warned the Titanic—did not have it's radio manned. Since then, ships must maintain a 24-hour radio watch. 

    All these explanations have been given for the tragedy, but there might be a simpler one: That night the ship's officers sifted through a pile of requests from the passengers, many frivolous, and hustled to respond to the desires of their pampered guests. Buried in the pile of requests was one from a watchman: for a pair of binoculars. The request was disregarded. 

    This was the same watchman on duty that night, the watchman who first spotted the iceberg—just before they struck it –and who, if given the binoculars, might have seen it in time to avoid it or at least slow down. For the lack of a $50 pair of binoculars, the most expensive ship ever built sank.

    Reference: A Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century, Rick Joyner, p. 226

  • Vision Blasters

    It's hard to keep your vision in life. Someone will always come along to blast it. Here are some statements by some short-sighted people throughout history:  

  • In 1840, it was said that anyone traveling at th... [Read More]
  • A Good Deal Missed

    Economist Thomas Sowell writes about a good deal everyone missed: 

    During the early, financially shaky years of McDonald’s, the company was so desperate for cash at one point that its founder, Ray Kroc, offered t... [Read More]

    Reference: Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (Basic Books, 2007), p. 291  

    Smoke Screens

    In World War I the Allied ship convoys were having a problem. The enemy was laying smoke screens in front of our ships out on the water. When the convoys entered the smoke and lost their vision, they would start to ch... [Read More]

    Reference: Rick Joyner, The Surpassing Greatness of His Power (Whitaker House, 1996), p. 155

    The Big Picture

    A noted French aviator and writer of the first half of the 20th century, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, said, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, t... [Read More]

    Reference: Bill Thrall, Bruce McNichol, Ken McElrath, The Ascent of a Leader (John Wiley and Sons, 1999), p. 25