October 18, 2010—Issue #57
This week’s focus point: The Chilean miners persevered through an ordeal because they were organized, mutually-supportive, rallied around a respected leader, and kept themselves physically and emotionally strong. That’s good advice for any challenge. However, suddenly they are media stars negotiating rights and preparing to be heroes. That will probably turn out to be more harmful in the long run than the mine collapse. The heroes were the engineers and medical people on the surface who acted with calmness, speed, and precision.
Monday Morning Perspective: Ninety-five percent of all the species that have ever existed are now extinct, so don’t look so darn smug. — Christopher Moor in his book, “Fluke.”
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