Oct 14 2010
An excellent article by Jonathan Kay in the National Post on the gratitude we owe miners.
Working conditions for miners have improved greatly in the 73 years since those words were written. Yet the general principle holds true: We conduct our daily lives oblivious to the fact that virtually every device we use, from a computer to a car to a ball-point pen, is made possible by a global legion of men working in claustrophobic conditions many hundreds of yards beneath the Earth’s surface. And every single one of them is just one Earth-tremor or cave-in away from spending eternity entombed in a mine tunnel. It’s something we should think about as we celebrate the dramatic rescue of 33 miners who spent 70 days trapped in Chile’s San Jose Mine.