I was loading a cargo once on top of the unpumpable bottoms of a different cargo that had an exceptionally low flash point. This means that one spark could have turned us into a over sized bomb vaporized the crew and dock personnel because the tanks were full of explosive vapors.
This is actually routine and safe IF you follow procedures and load slowly. Enter shift change on the dock and a pump-man that was about a mile away (in complete safety) and in a hurry to get home early. He kept increasing the rate.
We shut him down and of course a somewhat heated discussion resulted. The dock man explained that everyone was in a hurry and
I pointed out that the laws of chemistry, physics and static electricity did not take watch change into consideration. They are absolutes. You can not change them.
I pointed out that failure to respect these laws could result in rich widows and children, new docks and vessels being built. As for us, we would wind up getting issued harps or pitchforks and we get to find out if the Hokey Pokey REALLY IS what it's all about.
We resumed safely at a reduced rate.
Still, it made me wonder for a bit.
What if the Hokey Pokey is what it's all about?
Picture this: You pass through the white light that near death survivors mention and poink! There you are at the Golden Gates and have to be interviewed by St. Peter. Admittedly you are confused, apprehensive, worried and have a bunch of questions.
"I was a good Catholic," you stammer, trying to grease the skids. Truth is the last time you were in a church was when your niece was baptized and she's now 36 years old.
"So? You missed the boat there." replies St. Peter, calmly. "The swamis and yogis that preached about gaining true enlightment missed the boat, too. As did the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhists, and just about everyone else."
"So why was I sent to earth?" you ask, somewhat fearfully.
"To do the Hokey Pokey," replies St. Peter, simply. "The Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about."
So you get issued either a pitchfork and long ear extensions or a harp and wings. Depending on your earthly behavior you spend eternity doing the Hokey Pokey either at room temperature or in intense heat.
Oh, well. I suppose we wasted out time on earth. I should have opted for hookers and blow, right?
I don't think so and imagine that you did OK spending your time here simply doing the right thing. I'd like to think that way and will try and continue trying to do things as such.
I think that doing the right thing will provide some sort of comfort as we make our end of life transition. We can at least say that we tried.
While we are on earth it remains the right thing to try and do the right thing. If we find out that the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about, we can at least say to ourselves that we tried.
As for the Hokey Pokey? I suppose you might try doing it at a wedding or other gathering just for the fun of it.
Just in case. You never know.