I had never heard anything like it, and I think it is quite an amazing quote with all kinds of different ways to interpret it. And not only that, but it ties in Biblically with how God teaches us to live our lives…
The Bible explicitly speaks out about gossipers and how gossip and the love of it is ultimately corrupting and leads to all kinds of troubles. It causes rifts between people, and all around is a bad idea. Gossip is really the essence of this quote, which comes from the US Navy. The quote was used to keep soldiers from running their mouth about what unit they were in, what ship they were on, what mission they were doing, who their commanders were, etc. Why?
Because if they weren’t careful, the enemy would pick up on these loose rumors via spies or moles, etc., and if they weren’t careful they’d find their position compromised and their ship sunk.
Thus the phrase, “Loose Lips Sink Ships”. But I think it is a wise motto for life as well. Running your mouth is not generally a positive thing to do, and the Bible talks a lot about holding ones tongue, and how idle talk is not productive. It also says the power of life and death is in the tongue…
I have another life motto that says, “Do not take unnecessary risks”. I use this motto to remind myself to take an extra step instead of cutting corners, which can cause accidents. I got the motto when I was lazily pulling out cords, without looking or even paying much attention to what I was doing… and three times in a row I got shocked. From then on, I told myself I would take the extra step to pay attention. And I use the quote to remind myself to not take unnecessary risks when they can be avoided by taking an extra step and not being lazy.
I think I’ll file “Loose Lips Sink Ships” right next to “Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks”. :)
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