Tuesday, September 04, 2007

For Prayer Give Me Shackleton

Some stories typlify endurance and fortitude. Without further ado, regarding Shackletons survival and leadership in the Antartic:

"The story we're going to tell you for the next hour is true: 28 men lost in Antarctica for almost two years, fighting ice and the ocean. The world gave them up for dead; but every one of them survived. As fantastic as it sounds, it's all true. It's the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance, and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914. "

John Rabe, on American Radio works. He quotes:

"For scientific discovery give me Scott. For speed and efficiency give me Amundsen. But when you're in a hopeless case and disaster strikes, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton."

"In 1916, a world worn down by World War I was treated to just such a story. On June 2, 1916, almost lost in all the news from the front, readers of the Times of London picked up the paper and learned of a miracle:

The Times, 6/2/16, p. 8:

"Sir E. Shackleton safe. Marooned men in danger of starvation. The King yesterday sent a gracious message to Sir Ernest Shackleton on his wonderful journey."

"The men of the Endurance had been lost in Antarctica for the better part of two years, and by the time the story ran in the paper, everyone had assumed they were dead. As one scholar put it, when they re-emerged in 1916, it was as if they were walking out of history."


Blogger David said...

mi piace il tio blog!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Good stuff. A good book with similar themes by Juan Williams is Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It.

2:46 PM  
Blogger transformation said...

sorry for my delay and in no way forgotten. how to live a life, especially when among not only chess, work, investing, cooking a delicious low fat cooking, blogging, creative collaborative work with others, mentoring our students (i do this on the side pro-bono, but not about chess), so if we are to not only go wide but deep, where to draw the line?

thank you for your comment.

i didnt know the Shackleton story beyond annectdotal rudements, so delighted to hear this story.

i appreciate your time and care to provide this link, and will read the review this afternoon. thank you BDK. Warmly, dk

12:57 PM  

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