- #1686664supergold July 10, 2018 at 7:28 am
I have chosen for ‘Thought for Today” this very good article written about how many people throughout the world are focussed on the rescue of the the Thai youngsters and their coach. It is beautifully written and shows how much can be achieved when we forget all the differences between us and just concentrate on sending out good vibes.
“Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. His most recent book is “The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life.” The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)All eyes are on Thailand now, as we watch the brave divers who are risking their lives to bring a trapped boys’ soccer team and their young coach to safety.
Our hearts go out to these divers, who have shown not only great courage but incredible skill. One can hardly imagine the difficulty of this rescue effort, which is taking place deep underground in impossibly narrow and jagged areas, with powerful currents pushing against divers who must perform a complex task in near-zero visibility in parts of the cave.
It’s inspiring to see this effort in part, I suspect, because of the international make-up of the rescue team, with British, American, Australian and Japanese divers (among others) joining Thai divers, and with other countries adding their expertise. This joint effort is symbolic, and it suggests a world where, at least for a time, it’s possible to work together in a constructive way toward a common goal.
In the Thai cave, there are no skin colors, religious differences or questions of sexual identity. Nobody is wrapping himself in a flag or questioning the science at hand. This is one of those rare times when we see how much we can achieve against terrifying odds when people work in unison, selflessly, to do something important.
Putting the welfare of these children first, in itself, is admirable. We’ve all made mistakes, and it occasionally takes a village at times to make up for those mistakes.
I don’t think anyone, anywhere, begrudges the amount of money it will cost to rescue a dozen boys and their coach. What’s interesting to me is that nobody is counting. Everyone knows that the value of life can’t be measured in money.
And everyone is beholden to Saman Gunan, the Thai diver who lost his life a few days ago while making his way out of the Tham Luang complex of caves. His willingness to put his life on the line for the trapped boys and their coach was remarkable. He showed us courage in its purest form.
It doesn’t surprise me that countless people around the globe are riveted to their screens, waiting for the boys to emerge, one by one, eager to hear that the divers also are okay and that the coach is rescued in good health as well.
There is high drama here, of course: underground rescues always hold our attention.
I remember being glued to the TV set during the Chilean mine disaster of 2010, when 33 miners were rescued under what seemed at the time like impossible circumstances. They were trapped far underground in great danger for 69 days, and the world (an estimated one billion people) watched the rescue.
The fact that the whole world is now watching and praying for these boys in Thailand is part of the drama. Everyone knows that each of these children, and their coach, matters to his anxious family.
I have three boys myself, and I can only imagine the fear and trembling in homes as parents and other family members wait for news. The pain of separation between parents and children is an intolerable pain, and something that all people with a shred of humanity in their hearts will appreciate.
Let’s hope this international effort to rescue a dozen boys and their coach in a remote cave in Thailand lifts us all, bringing us back into the light where we can stand together and be grateful for those who teach us to care this deeply.”
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1686665supergold July 10, 2018 at 8:05 am
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1686690lilith7 July 10, 2018 at 11:23 am
Well said – I doubt there’s a person in the world who deosn’t wish them all the luck in the world & hope they’re all brought out safely. And yes,not one person as far as I know,has mentioned the cost & until reading this piece it simply hadn’t occurred to me.
I do wonder though how many of these boys might now want to be navy seals when they grow up! 🙂#1686787supergold July 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
Love, thanks and gratitude is flooding the world today following the wonderful news that all 12 boys and their coach, and all the brave rescuers are now safely out of the cave in Thailand.
Our thoughts also go out to the family of the one brave Thai Navy Seal who lost his life while placing oxygen tanks through the planned route of rescue.
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1686812lilith7 July 11, 2018 at 11:44 am
;”>Steve Nokes replying to John Cleese:
“Yes, I’ve heard this word. I think it’s used by sociopaths in an effort to discredit empathy.”
“I have learnt that a man has the right and obligation to look down at another man only when that man needs help to get up from the ground’.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Edited to remove gobbledegook again – there’s no predicting when its going to strike!
#1686939supergold July 12, 2018 at 9:18 am
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Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1686964lilith7 July 12, 2018 at 11:19 am
“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx#1686974vale019MemberMember since: August 20, 2012
Replies: 18623vale019 July 12, 2018 at 12:08 pm
Love, thanks and gratitude is flooding the world today following the wonderful news that all 12 boys and their coach, and all the brave rescuers are now safely out of the cave in Thailand. Our thoughts also go out to the family of the one brave Thai Navy Seal who lost his life while placing oxygen tanks through the planned route of rescue.
A lovely tribute, SG. It was a wonderful, brave effort which just goes to show what we can all do when we work together. True heroes. That rescue had the whole world sitting on the edge of their collective seats. So very, very sad that one of those heroes lost his life. The boys and their coach were amazingly brave and calm, so pleased for them and their families that they are now all safe and well.
ps: Like Lilith, the cost of the operation never entered my head!!!!#1686975vale019MemberMember since: August 20, 2012
Replies: 18623vale019 July 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm
Grownups Quote of the week: Alexander Den Heijer
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