Catastrophe Underground

It’s very distressing with the recent news of the miners. Now one of the two miners trapped underground in a Yorkshire colliery has been confirmed dead, and the prospects for the other are increaasingly poor.

This is sad in many ways. Firstly, for these brave men who have lost their lives in several mining accidents recently, for their bereaved family and friends and for the simple fact that however much society has moved on, we are still so vulnerable that we can lose our lives in the same way as men did hundreds of years ago. This fragility of humanity seems to be ever present, and we seem to be incapable of curing ourselves of it. But would humanity still be the same without it’s vulnerability? Would be reckless and less caring? Would each life matter more or less as it became harder to extinguish.

I send my most heartfelt consolations to the family of the first miner to die, and my deepest deepest hopes that the second miner survives and can return to his worried family. Our fragility is still our downfall.


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