Most of us have made comments that we immediately regret, especially when someone says something in reply to put things in perspective. I came across a story recently that illustrated the point well. It’s from a speech by Ron Warfuel, President of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, on June 27, 2008. You will be amused or offended depending on your point of view.
…Finally, I want to share with you a brief story sent to me from a faithful Brother. The story takes place at a conference in France where a number of French and American engineers were assembled. During a break, one of the Frenchmen returned to the conference room and commented, “Have you heard the latest stunt pulled by President George Bush? He sent in an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What’s he gong to do, bomb them?”
A Boeing engineer quietly stood up and replied, “Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed three thousand people – three meals per day; they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh desalinated water from the sea; and they can carry up to six helicopters for use in transporting injured victims to and from their flight deck.
The United States has seven such ships. How many does France have?…”
Source: St. Andrew’s Cross, Fall 2008, p. 2