Saturday, September 30, 2006

Diamonds and Oranges

After the ship the Titanic sank, one of the survivors told about a woman who had been allotted a place in a lifeboat. She said, “Can I go back to my room?” The sailor said, “Yes, you have got three minutes.”

The woman hurried along the corridors of the sinking ship. She saw people snatching at their jewelry as they ran. When she got to her room she took no notice of the jewelry and other treasures. Instead she snatched at three oranges and she took them back to the lifeboat. An hour before it would have been incredible to that woman that she would have preferred even a whole crate of oranges to one small diamond but destruction had boarded the Titanic and with one awful blast all her values where transformed.

Precious things became worthless, worthless things became precious, oranges were more important that diamonds.

Geoff Pound

Image: Precious oranges