Operation San Lorenzo (the patron saint of the miners) will go down in history as one of the world’s greatest stories of inspiration, resilience and the power of the human spirit.
Here is the rescue of the second miner, Mario Sepulveda. Watch as he leads the crowd to a VIVA CHILE chant; one of the many emotional events from yesterday’s rescue. If you pay attention to Mario, you can hear him start getting the crowd pumped up by saying: “Atencion Chile Mierda de Corazon…”
Here is the rescue of Esteban Rojas. This one had me on tears. Seeing Esteban’s wife hold on to an image of La Virgen de Guadalupe and seeing him kneel down and pray was speechless.
Here are the top five touching moments according to Liz Goodwin from Yahoo. Enjoy.
Here is a song by Victor Jara in memory of the chilean miners. Victor Jara gives an introductory speech before singing this great song. Enjoy.
As I reflect on this amazing story, I think about the message that they planted for us to meditate and reflect on. Here we have 33 miners trapped over 2,000 feet below the ground coming together and demonstrating to the world, the beauty that comes along when one has faith, perservance, solidarity and more importantly love for one another. Each one of the miners had a different task to help the group. You had the paramedic, the spiritual counselor, the one who kept a diary of the group, etc. They pulled for each other like a family would do. They overcame adversity like no one would. They showed the world that if we use their example of operating in times of struggle, we can overcome any task at hand. They provided a blue print for how we should start living our lives.
There is a hidden message in this story and to find that hidden message we have to look deep within ourselves and reflect on our values and we have to reflect on the number 33. I think 33 in this context is the number that symbolizes Humanity. Interesting that the 33 miners were all rescued on 10-13-10 (add them up and you get 33). They were trapped for 69 days. And 69 is a symbol of attachment, where links are created. If we get spiritual, 33 is a very important number. There are 33 major religions. Jesus died at the age of 33. In the Gospels, it is written that Jesus accomplished 33 miracles. In Uruguay, people are devoted too La Virgen de los Treinta y Tres (Virgin of the 33). In many religions, 33 holds a significant meaning. Here is a link to find out about the mystery facts for the number 33.
I think one can also interpret this story from a different perspective. Imagine if the cave that they were trapped symbolizes darkness or interpreted as our world going through a dark period. In order for us to see the “light”, we have to start changing the way we treat others, especially the poorest of the poor. We have to change our egotistical, individualistic mentality. We have to shift from a capitalistic culture to a culture that values people more over profit. There is too much apathy in our world. Too much greed. The richest countries in the world continue to ignore the social issues affecting their given countries and the rest of the world. We don’t see the United States pledging trillions of dollars to eradicate poverty in the world. Instead that same amount of money has been spent on invading and occupying countries, killing innocent people and destroying humanity. Is that the way that we should live our lives? Going to war to protect “our national interest” when in reality all we are doing is stripping other countries resources for the benefit of some corporations and a few filthy capitalist.
Let us use the story of the miners as an inspiration. Let it be a way to rally people and nations of the world to come together and put the interest of mother earth and humanity at the forefront of our struggle to live in a peaceful world. We can no longer wait to let mother earth and humanity be destroyed by countries who only seek to profit from such catastrophes. Yesterday were the miners, tomorrow we may not be lucky to rescue our world. Let this be the initial phase of a whole new way of thinking. EACH ONE, TEACH ONE.
Here is a song by one of the most famous chilean bands, Los Jaivas, singing one of my favorite songs, Todos Juntos. One of my favorite quotes from the song is, “para que es el sol que nos alumbra si no nos podemos ni mirar.” Enjoy.
VIVA LOS MINEROS