In a world filled with divides and prejudices, it is once in a blue moon we come across an event that puts to shame all our differences and establishes a clear victory of humanity. The rescue of Thailand’s Wild Boar team children from Tham Luang cave which captivated world’s attention was nothing less than a miracle. It brought to the forefront many beautiful attributes of being human.
The first and foremost was the absolute resilience of children all aged between just 11 & 16 who did manage to stay strong through nine days of unimaginable ordeal of being inside a flooded, narrow & dark cave, starving and never knowing if help would really come or not. Such great examples of human will & endurance offer lot of hope to people whenever they get into some sort of helpless situations.
The next thing is how the local population responded to a would be tragedy that was unfolding. The whole town was in prayers for the safe return of the 13 and they did try in their own possible way to help the entire rescue team. The lady at the laundry station made it a point to collect the dirty clothes of the Navy Seals and other divers at late night and return it back by early 4 in the morning. Others gave a free ride to whoever wanted to reach the point of rescue. The locals donated money & free food to the hundreds of people who had stayed around the cave for days together. This is an example of community living and a lot to learn from for the kind of societies we are currently living in. The idea is even if we can’t help directly by diving in the flood waters of the cave, there is always a way to help by joining in our own possible ways.
The most beautiful thing was how the whole world united cutting across the boundaries to join the rescue operation. Hundreds of experts flew in from around the world offering their expertise against the toughest conditions of flooding and depleting oxygen levels inside the cave. One side when the world was witnessing a fight for the pinnacle of glory on the football grounds of Russia, the other side the people around the world held their breath when a so far unknown soccer team in Thailand was struggling for every breath.
The entire journey was a striking remainder to the world around that when hands are joined together; the human misery could be brought to an end. Individual heroics, individual sacrifices bring forth a great deal of respect & remembrance.
At the end, it is the victory of the humanity that brings so much warmth to the heart. So, this Sunday, along with the final battle for glory between France & Croatia, let’s celebrate the victory saluting the heroes of the entire mission and the resilience of our children, remembering the sacrificed life of Saman Kunan and cheering for the victory & extravagant display of humanity that had almost seemed nonexistent under the trivial trumpets, divides & differences.