Folks, I’m going to give you an interesting account of the Titanic disaster. Please don’t stop halfway, continue reading to the end. This article promises to be one of the most insightful of all my write-ups, it is supposed to point out the futility and the mystery of life – that nothing is certain – that anything at all can happen to anybody at any time; and so, there is the need to be humble.
I want to begin with a tad of preaching: God loves humility and abhors arrogance. The following quotations in the Bible will help strengthen my point.
2 Chronicles 7: 14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Psalm 18:27 “For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.”
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”
Now let me tell you something about the Titanic ship and the mystery of her sinking. The Titanic was the largest moving object ever built by the hands of men in the early 20th century. She was about three football fields long and 11 stories high and was able to carry an impressive 3,547 passengers and crew.
Another tidbit of interest is that the Titanic had some very admirable stats, features, and luxuries. $7.5 million was used to build her in 1912. By today’s standards, it would cost roughly $400 million. Her launch was witnessed by more than 100,000 people.
Surprisingly, the name of the Titanic typifies arrogance. According to Greek mythology, the Titans were a race of giants with extraordinary power. But, they were boundlessly arrogant and plotted to overthrow the gods (Zeus, etc.) For this, they were punished by the gods by being thrown into the depths of the Tartarus (a mythological hell).
As her name may suggest it was believed that the Titanic was unsinkable and invincible and that it had watertight compartments that could keep the vessel afloat if anything went wrong. One person is reported to have asked a baggage porter when boarding the Titanic, “Is this ship really nonsinkable?”
“Oh yes mum. God Himself could not sink this ship,” was the man’s quick reply.
When news of the Titanic disaster began to reach the United States, it was reported that Philip Franklin, the Vice President of White Star Line, the company that built and owned the ship, stated unequivocally, “We place complete confidence in this vessel. We believe that she is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.”
After learning that Titanic did indeed founder, Franklin persisted, “I thought her unsinkable and I based my opinion on the best expert advice.”
On Monday, April 15, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and completely sank within some hours with a terrible loss of life. The final total of survivors was 706 and 1,502 were lost. There are life lessons to be gleaned from the story of Titanic – it pays to be humble: and also it is only God who controls the future.
The arrogance of the ruling NPP government appears to be getting out of hand and former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen Adei who was an appointee of this current government said not quite long ago that the Akufo-Addo-led government is not only filled with widespread corruption, but also full of arrogant people.
Besides, when I see people throwing their weights about and boasting that they will “break the 8” at all costs, I feel very sad. And from recent happenings in the Elephant Fraternity, I want to believe that God has frowned upon the despicable pronouncements and threatening behaviours of some people; and it is a mathematical certainty – pure and simple that a certain political party in Ghana will lose the 2024 elections. There is no way out! It could be an act of God – a judgment against some people for their arrogance as happened to the Titanic.