The Infamous Lighthouse vs US Navy Warship joke as told by some former sailors...
Believe it or not...this is the transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995.
US Ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
CND reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
US Ship: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert your course.
CND reply: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course!
US Ship: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CORAL SEA*, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!!
CND reply: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
The lighthouse interchange is interpreted many ways by people. I see it as being right, triumphing over might and a bully.
Another view, is knowledge triumphing over aggression. Even more important to me, is knowing how, and when to stand for what you are, and what you believe in.
The lighthouse was doing good for all, and saw all. It transcended it's own existence because of this. Since it exists for more than itself, it has become more than itself.
The lighthouse keeper was polite and humble, the US warship was pushy and rude. The power was in being right, and position; not in being loud, big and demanding.
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