What lessons we should all learn from the Chilean miners

By raycook
October 14, 2010
Chilean miner Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 trapped miners to be rescued, hugs President Sebastian Pinera and his sonat the surface of the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile late October 12, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for more than two months more than 2,000 feet below the surface.  UPI/Chilean Government/HO Photo via Newscom

As the world watched in awe and wonder as each miner rose to the surface to be greeted by family, friends and politicians, every man experienced a second birth, a second beginning to life.

Who could not shed a tear as wife hugged father, father embraced son, son greeted mother for the first time in 69 days.

But what does it teach us about human nature? Yes, the will to live and the joy at witnessing the survival of complete strangers thousands of miles way tells us about our common humanity. But it also teaches us that each of the 33 men has a story, a life, a past and a future. Each man is a unique and indispensable human being.

Tomorrow 33 men could be killed by a car bomb or a suicide bomb in Kabul and no-one outside their family and friends will know their names or care. This is because we don't know their story, we don't see them as priceless individuals but as statistics.

So when we look to the Middle East conflict, let us be inspired to recognise that every life is special and every death of an innocent is a tragedy. Let us not dehumanise the 'other' so we no longer care about his or her story, past and future, hopes and aspirations.

The Chilean miners have taught us a valuable lesson about how precious life is.
We must all learn from their example to value life. This is why death cults are so evil because they negate what is human; that common spark which makes us shed a tear of joy when a stranger in a hard hat emerges from a capsule and kisses his young son.

Embrace life, not death.

First posted at http://www.raymondcook.net/blog/index.php/2010/10/13/what-lessons-we-sho...



Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:45

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Ray you are too good for this world. gulp


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:46

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and no we mustnt dehumanise the other but stealing their land is ok

Avraham Reiss

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 20:27

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What land, exactly, was "stolen" sic?

In 1967 Egypt, Syria and Jordan declared war on a non-provoking Israel.

They lost. Lands gained by Israel in defensive and counter-attack moves, are perfectly legal spoils of war. Many similar alterations to land ownership were made in Europe after WWII. East Germany was under Soviet control for some 40 years - as were the rest of the Eastern bloc in Europe. Never heard the word 'stolen' there ...

Egypt and Jordan made peace with Israel. Saadat refused to take back Gaza, so that cannot be an issue.

Hussein refused to take back Judea and Samaria, so that cannot be an issue.

The Golan Heights were "stolen"? Try selling that one elsewhere.
Maybe under the Brooklyn Bridge, which you could try to sell at the same time ...


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 20:42

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One lesson to be learnt is that mines are not very safe places.


Fri, 10/15/2010 - 04:18

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And dont get trapped in one for 69 days if you have a wife and a mistress that dont know about each other


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