How long does it take to change your mind?
Many believe that, as their world view is set & their belief systems are in place, it would take a well pondered, well articulated persuasively reasoned argument to make them even consider another point of view.
This isn’t always the case. It’s entirely possible to change your stance 180 degrees in a few seconds …
One dark & stormy night in 1944, a huge battleship was returning to port after a training mission. The seas were very heavy & visibility was exceptionally poor, so the captain sat on the bridge to make sure all was well …
Through the dark, the lookout shouted “Light bearing off the starboard bow Captain”
“Is it steady, or moving astern?”
“Steady Captain” the lookout replied. This meant the ship was on collision course!
The captain ordered the signalman to send a message – “We are on collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees”
Back came the reply – “Advise YOU change course 20 degrees”
Taken aback, the captain stood up. “Send this” he barked …
“This is a battleship & I am it’s captain. Change course 20 degrees”
Back came the signal – “I am a seaman, second class. Advise YOU change course 20 degrees!”
The captain was getting irate now – “This is the USS Missouri, a 60,000 ton Iowa class battleship. We are fully armed with 8 quad Tomahawk ABL missiles, 4 quad Harpoon cans, 3 triple 16/50 guns, 6 dual 5/38 & 4 Phalanx CIWS rockets … STRONGLY advise you change course 20 degrees … immediately!”
After what seemed like an eternity, back came the reply … “I am a lighthouse”