If there is one quiet lesson to be learned from the inspiring way that Chile pulled together to locate, care for, and rescue 33 miners, it is a lesson which flies in the face of Tea Party nostrums.
Chile has demonstrated how a society cares for those in need. It did not spare “many millions” in organizing a world class relief and rescue effort, which went off not only without a hitch, but left the whole world in tears and hugs, with a sense of what human caring and solidarity and trust is all about.
Had the Tea Party been in charge, there likely would never even have been the initial efforts (20 probes or more) to locate the miners. No, the tea party folk would have told us: “If these folks want to be rescued, it’s up to them to find their own way to do it.”
Tea Party folk would then have comforted themselves with philosophical words about how the government has no business meddling in the private lives of others. They would have waxed eloquent over how wonderful it is to ensure the safety of oneself and one’s family, perhaps heaping blame on the workers for not ensuring their own safety ahead of time, and advising the grieving family members to buck up, be strong, and each go their separate ways, firm in the knowledge that the government had not meddled in their lives.
Chile chose a different path. And we know how the entire world watched in awe and wonder, with a common sense of humanity and decency and joy, at how humans care about each other and will do almost anything to save lives and promote health and welfare.
Think of these two ways of being. The Chilean way. The Tea Party way. Which of them demonstrates the human spirit at its best? That is the way to go.
It’s a simple parable. Go and do likewise….