Faith in mankind

Melissa Stagnaro

The capacity of human beings to inflict pain and harm on one another is virtually endless. The history books are filled with examples of the atrocities of war, from the Holocaust and the Japanese in Nanking to the present day strife in West Africa. Rape, torture, murder – you name it, and somewhere on this planet there is no doubt someone out there committing it as we speak. Every day in our own communities there is domestic violence and child abuse to an extent most of us can’t begin to comprehend.

It’s easy, in the face of all this horror, to lose faith in mankind. And there are dark days when I read the news where I just want to cry.

But then, there will be that one story that gives you hope. All it takes is one glimpse of care and concern on the part of a stranger for someone else’s plight to touch your heart, to restore your faith.
I was having one of those dark days today, when I happened to stumble across a story on, about a man named Brandon Fisher. Fisher, a drilling expert from Berlin, Pennsylvania, is currently in Chile. He and his team are part of the effort to rescue the 33 miners who have been trapped 2,300 feet underground since the San Jose Mine collapsed on August 5.

I will admit that I haven’t followed this story closely. Not because I am not concerned about these miners and their families. On the contrary, they have been often in my thoughts. It’s just that, frankly, I’m a bit claustrophobic.  The idea of anyone being trapped underground for that length of time scares the wits out of me. I move close to panic attack mode every time I even think about it.

Which is why my first response to reading the article about Fisher and his crew was intense relief. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. If I were trapped even for a minute, I’d want to know men like him were on the job.

Men who would be willing to travel thousands of miles and work tirelessly around the clock, undeterred by any obstacle or set back for months, to free people they don’t even know.

Reading about Fisher and his colleagues truly touched my heart. They are true heroes in my eyes. And I firmly believe that as long as there are people like them on this planet, there is hope for mankind.

To Brandon Fisher and his crew: Know that there are those back home who appreciate your efforts. May your drills and expertise help you accomplish the task at hand swiftly and safely, so those 33 miners may return home to their families and loved ones.

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