Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Parable of the Sinking Boat

I enjoyed Ray Agulto’s parable of the sinking boat (My Mother or My Son, Monday, April 15, 2013). In the story, when Ray's boat sinks, he sacrifices his son so he can save his mother, rationalizing that he only has one mother and he can always make more children. However, Ray forgot to mention several key points from the story. You see, his mother was responsible for maintenance of the boat, but for years used the maintenance money on travel and beach barbeques. Worse, she borrowed against the value of the boat, which was registered to the children, so that she could build several mansions around the island. When the boat sank, not only did the boy drown, but the surviving kids were stuck with the debt, too. When they got back to shore, Ray and his mom continued on doing what they had been doing for decades, having learned nothing from the tragedy.

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