Salutations Populace of Dawson,
After a two week hiatus we are back and ready to delight you with our awesome newspaper. These last few weeks have been hectic to say the least: Thanksgiving, midterms, and, oh yeah, 33 Chilean miners escaping dramatically from their underground tomb after 69 days of hell. Yes, I know in the last weeks there has been lots of coverage on this subject and some of you may be tired of hearing about it. Some of you, like my peer Anna Frey (Canadian University Press), believe that we are giving these 33 individuals way too much attention for just coming out of a hole in the ground. She and others believe that there are more important issues that require our attention, such as global poverty, which affect more people than just a few obscure miners and their families. While I can agree with Anna that poverty is a more important issue, I must respectfully disagree with her point of view that this story has been overblown. It is this type of story that brings the people of the world together. Was it not part of the conversation around your family’s table at Thanksgiving? It certainly was at mine, displacing the usual boring fights about politics and the economy.
Whenever I get gloomy about the state of the world I think about stories like this. It is true that we live in a world of hatred, greed, and oppression, with murder and corruption everywhere, even here at home in Montreal. It makes me realize that, despite the depressing state of the world, love, solidarity, and camaraderie are also everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly newsworthy, but it’s always there – within and between families, friends, communities, and just random people that you run into in life. And with this case in Chile, it was newsworthy. When the mineshaft collapsed and the miners were not sure if they would make it out, as far as I know, none of the messages were of hate or revenge? No. They were all messages of love. So, when some people believe that these types of stories do not deserve to be covered because of the situation in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Palestine, and many other places far and near; well, sometimes we need to see beyond, even for a brief moment, the cruelty and poverty in this world.
Sometimes we need to just sit back and watch the people of the world coming together and witness the wonder of life; a wonder that can only be accomplished by the inner strength of ordinary people. So, for that, I tip my hat to you World. And I tip my hat to the families and friends (and let’s not forget the mistress) of the 33 brave Chilean Miners who survived underground for 69 days, never knowing if they would escape their living hell, but supporting each other and keeping hope alive for themselves, and for us.
Stay classy Dawson..Word to your mothers!
Samuel Lavigne Schmidt