Few months ago I read somebody quoting somebody else about the analogy/theory of castles and ships. I don’t remember who was that guy, so forgive me for not passing the credit.
Anyway, what are castles and ships?
Castles, you know, these stone made buildings surrounded by thick walls. Those with heavy gates and bridges over a canal with crocodiles swimming in.
The castle usually govern on all its surroundings, the farmers from all around are paying the castle CPC (cost per crops) and other fees in order to live in peace with the king in the castle. Sometimes the king is looking from his castle’s towers down to the surrounding area, take a deep breath and say… “It’s good to be the king!!!”.
If you thought its good only for the king, you are wrong. Many people are leaving in the castle, they build it, they guard it, they maintain the castle and the surrounding, feed the crocodiles and help the king counting the CPC. And this king have a lot of it… a lot more then you imagine, so he feels generous to give his workers a very good payment, the best payment in all the area. Who does not want to be fed by the king? Even for feeding crocodiles. Working and living in the castle is a good thing to do, it is interesting, it is a good place to get some wisdom from the king’s consultants or even get to have dinner with the king himself. And it pays very well.
And there are ships.
Ships are something the kings know they need, but they feel sometimes too comfortable in the castle.
People who live on Ships are the people who believe there
are places beyond the horizon. That the Treasure Island
So they build a ship suitable for the road, with minimal crew so they can feed them. They even, sometime, go to some kings to ask for sponsorship for their voyage.
The crew is usually composed of:
Skipper – well, he knows almost every thing but it is his responsibility to find the treasure or at least bring the people back home.
Navigator – the one who know the way, the one who can tell
the skipper where we are and where should be the Treasure
The Bosen – the one who knows the ship, the sea and the sails. He knows how to steer the boat in rough sees, when to reef the sails when the wind is blowing too hard and how to trim the sails in the light winds to get another knot.
The rest of the crew – well, they are the spirit of this vessel. The more they know the better they react to changes; they should like each other in order to survive the long voyage in very rough condition.
This crew have to know few things, (and knowing is not enough at sea, where you are on your own, they have to be the experts), things like, sails trimming, sailing in rough seas, wood craft, medicine, to fight pirates (and there will be pirates looking for the treasure),etc….
Most of all this crew has to believe that there is a treasure and they are the team that will win to get it.
Is it good to be on a ship?
Depends who you are and if you are ready for the voyage, seeking for the treasure.
I can tell only about myself.
I’ve been on a castle, It was good, it was fun and I learned,
A LOT. But deep inside, I’m a sailor!!! I always dream of the Treasure
Soon, more about the current voyage and ship