The Voyage of the Ship of
upon a time there was a great ship, with many passengers. It was on a
journey on an endless sea. The ship was
run by a crew of fifty hard working men.
They ran the engines, scrubbed the decks, and protected the
day a crew member noticed that there was water in the bilge of the
has always been some bilge water in every ship ever built. Some comes
small leaks in the hull and some from rain water that always ends up in
bottom of the boat. But half of the crew, the blue crew, was very
the bilge water and wanted it gone. On their own, they drilled ten
holes in the
bottom of the ship in order that the water could run out.
were very surprised when instead of running out, more water came in!
half of the crew, the red crew, could not believe that the blue crew
drilled holes in the ship! They said,
“You need to plug the holes or the ship will sink!” The
blue crew scoffed at them and said, “We
need to drill ten more holes and then the water will run out. We are
sure of it!
red crew was at a loss at for what to do. Half wanted to force the blue
plug the holes, but the other half of the red crew was afraid of the
crew. The frightened half of the red
crew convinced the blue crew to only drill fire more holes instead of
knew the ship would still sink, but at least it would take longer.
you can see, things were going very badly and very soon the ship would
all the passengers would drown. Some
who were having a tea party close by, found out about the holes and the
drill more. These passengers plugged the
holes and then they threw the blue crew members in the brig. They were punished because they almost got
passengers believed that the half of the red crew that cooperated with
crew were even more foolish than the blue crew.
The silly half of the red crew was smart enough to know what to
do, but lacked
the courage to stand up to stupidity and in fact cooperated with the
plan. This made them more dangerous than
the blue crew. They were put on small boats and made to leave the ship
forever. No one knows whatever became of
passengers became crew members and the ship of state sailed into the
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