Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 47


One of the lessons in life I have learned is to never assume to have knowledge of the limit of how human we are.

Around us, we are constantly reminded of man’s inherent evil towards each other, and at the same time, we are urged to take notice of man’s desire to help one another when disaster occurs.

We watch the news daily to the bewildering amount of destruction we bring to one another all in the name of some remote political cause or religious driven act that either way leaves us speechless.

In recent times we have been captivated by the bravery and ingenuity of people around the world coming together to assist people in need.

The story of the Thailand soccer team and the extraordinary actions of their rescuers leaves me in awe even after reading the story of so many brave acts.

In the weeks since this rescue stories have emerged of the bravery of those involved but the sheer ingenuity of the process. The men involved evolved a plan to get the boys out by putting them under anesthetic the entire time of their rescue. It meant that once put under the boys had to be injected every hour as the strength of the original anesthetic lasted an hour. They did this so the boys would not panic if they woke up and found themselves underwater. To do this the guy whose idea it was had to teach the rescuers how to top the boys up as they came through the caves. You can’t imagine the tension and fear the rescuers must have been under.

To me, this clarified that lives matter.

Similarly, I saw an interview with a lady involved in the London bombing. She survived because she was standing behind a guy who took the full blast. She lost both legs and she recalls waking up in the chaos, not feeling pain but trying to give solace to others, holding the hand of a man who died beside her, of hearing the voice of death and then life speak to her, the voice of life urging her to stay alive as she had much more to do alive than dead.

So badly injured was she in the hospital her wrist band stated, possibly female.

She survived and works to bring people together.

She too clarified for me that life matters.


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11 Responses to Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 47

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    A beautiful take on being human ….

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    You have captured the perspective so well with two examples. The lady knows it, but I hope the Thai boys grow up with a sense of gratitude, and acknowledge the contribution of those who saved them. I think the boys, if mentored well, can spread the message amongst their generation.

  3. calmkate says:

    lovely Michael, well said!

  4. Indira says:

    We are a funny, weird, lot, Michael. You can’t expect when we will get help or get cheated. Humanity survives because of some noble people. Very well written, powerful post.

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  6. Astrid says:

    Definitely true how we keep being amazed at what humans are capable of, both good and evil. Great piece.

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