by Gray Graham
The world has been watching the ordeal of the Chilean miners for the past 70 days. They were trapped underground connected to the world only by a small hole to the surface. The mere fact they did not give up before they were found is just amazing.
The people of Chile came together to get behind them and their families. While there were of course issues that arose, the people of Chile still united behind them. The world all over prayed for their rescue. Everyone said, no matter the cost we will save them. Their families waited for days on end praying for their safety and the people trying to rescue their loved ones.
So the question is why does it take a tragedy for people to do what is right? We saw the same thing after 911, the Haiti earthquake, Pakistani floods, and other natural disaster or tragedies. Something just clicks with humans when some great disaster occurs. So why does this not just happen all the time?
When things are good, no one thinks like that. The very first thing mentioned is how much is it going to cost, not is it the right thing to do. It is this simple fact that is the cornerstone of the human condition and the basis of the world today.
People regardless of religion, culture, country, or economic status appear to be self-centered creatures, only concerned with the well being of self and by extension things that they care about in their life. It seems this mechanism gets turned off when a tragedy occurs so that we care about others instead of just ourselves.
The question then is why do we not do more of this all the time? Why do we spend more time trying to hurt and destroy each other instead of helping each other and making the world a better place? Do we really care as much as we think we do?
God bless the 33 Chile miners that banded together to survive conditions when most would have given up. They have given the world a lesson on what it means to just be a human being working for the common good. Let's hope it is a lesson that the world heeds.