Alkisah kapten kapal yang angkuh

Alkisah seorang kapten kapal perang sedang mengawasi cakrawala di tengah malam yang berkabut. Kabut menutupi pandangan bagaikan selimut tebal. Seorang kelasi berteriak “Cahaya, kapten, di sebelah kanan (starboard) ! ” Sang kapten segera membalas “Apakah cahayanya bergerak atau tidak bergerak?” Kelasi menjawab dengan mantap “Tetap, tidak bergerak, kapten !” Kapten mulai keringat dingin, berarti mereka (kedua kapal) akan segera bertabrakan bila salah satu dari mereka tidak merubah posisi. Kapten berteriak pada salah satu kelasi untuk memberikan sinyal cahaya “Beritahu mereka untuk merubah posisi 20 derajat, atau kita akan tabrakan !” Dalam hitungan detik, dari sisi lawan menjawab sinyal “Sebaiknya kapal anda yang merubah posisi 20 derajat” Sang kapten merah wajahnya, kapten berkata ke pembawa sinyal “Saya kapten, rubah posisi 20 derajat, segera !” Balik balasan sederhana “Saya kelasi kelas 2”…Disusul sinyal lain “Sebaiknya anda segera merubah posisi sebelum terlambat” Sang kapten berdiri, memukul meja kerjanya “KAMI KAPAL PERANG, RUBAH POSISI 20 DERAJAT” Dengan cepat sinyal dibalas “Saya MERCUSUAR”..Sang kapten segera merubah posisinya tanpa membalas lagi
Prinsip layaknya mercusuar, dia tegak memberi cahaya selalu, dan tidak bisa bergerak (steady)

Diterjemahkan dari buku The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, Stephen Covey

I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.” “Is it steady or moving astern?” the captain called out. Lookout replied, “Steady, captain,” which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship. The captain then called to the signal man, “Signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees.” Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees.” The captain said, “Send, I’m a captain, change course 20 degrees.” “I’m a seaman second class,” came the reply. “You had better change course 20 degrees.” By that time, the captain was furious. He spat out, “Send, I’m a battleship. Change course 20 degrees.” Back came the flashing light, “I’m a lighthouse.” We changed course

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