Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Rescue Society

The Rescue Society

Along a reef-ridden, rockbound coast, a small group became concerned about those who were losing their lives in the shipwrecks that took place on the reefs and rocks. They formed the Rescue Society for the purpose of saving those who had been shipwrecked.

For years they risked their own lives for the sake of others, but hundreds were saved who were otherwise would have been lost.

As a new generation entered the Rescue Society, they decided to perfect their techniques for rescue so that even more could be saved. They began to attend rescue workshops, to bring in consultants on the latest rescue techniques, to entertain salespeople who touted the latest in rescue equipment.

Before long, the maintenance and perfection of the rescue station, its techniques, its equipment became the focus of the Rescue Society.

One night, while the entire Rescue Society was attending yet another meeting to perfect their rescue skills, a great passenger liner struck on the reef and sank. Hundreds of people were lost because there was no one to go to their rescue.

The Rescue Society has come to exist for its own perfection and not for the sake of others.


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2 Comments:

Anonymous alwyn said...

hey, now this sounds familiar...also, would there be ppl the Society has thrown out because they don't fit its revered grids?

9:52 AM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

no, this is not my original story but I am still very much taken up by the imagery of this metaphor.

I am sure they will be throwing out people soon if they don't fit their revered grids.

2:31 PM  

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