by Acharya S
13 October 2010
from FreeThoughtNation Website
Not only is the entire event astounding for its
duration, representing the longest period of human survival underground in
history, but it also amazes in its demonstration of man's humanity to man -
something we see unfortunately too infrequently.
In addition to outright slavery, which still occurs in far too many parts of the world - in fact, there are more slaves now than in any period in history - I also recalled the unfortunate stories of Irish and Chinese laborers, for example, working on the railroads in the U.S.; alas, their lives were not worth much.
Numerous stories of this type from around the globe dating back thousands of years could be added to this list. We can look to the salt mines in Africa today, for example, where workers move in and out like ants, to see this concept in action.
Another illustrative atrocity can be viewed in the construction of the massive city of Dubai, where some 300,000 workers have lived in virtual slavery and under appalling conditions.
workers' lives have been cheap, to say the least.
With this mind-bogglingly expensive and all-consuming effort to rescue them, we see an entire nation and much of the world giving them thanks in a heartfelt manner that generally only comes about through such tragedies.
It is a wonderful sign, however, that humanity
has matured when CEOs and public authorities stand next to - and even hug
with great emotion - such laborers.
Your concern for the workers and their families as human beings is impressive and inspiring. And thank you, good miners, for hanging in there and proving human spirit!