RMS Titanic at Cherbourg : Night Shot

For years I assumed that the Titanic tragedy was a result of human arrogance, the belief in the indestructibility of the newest, largest, fastest, fanciest ship of all time. But actually the Titanic went down because of distraction. Other ships had been warning about the iceberg-filled waters for days, but the Titanic’s captain changed course only slightly and did nothing to slow the ship’s speed. When the radio operator received a call from a ship that was surrounded by ice—this was less than an hour before the collision—he responded, “Shut up, shut up, I’m busy.” By the time lookouts spotted the iceberg ahead, it was too late to slow the Titanic’s momentum.
Although overused, the Titanic is a chillingly accurate metaphor for our time. Distracted people don’t notice they are in danger. Rumi said: “Sit down and be quiet. You are drunk and this is the edge of the roof.” –Margaret Wheatley

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with complications that occur due to distraction.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how distraction affects your life.

Art Prompt: Distraction

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the dangers of distraction and give your audience tips for fighting it.

Photo Credit: Encyclopedia Titanica on Flickr

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