Australia, Motivational, Philosophy

Resolution When All is Lost

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.

Henry David Thoreau

Ecosystems, in many areas of the earth, appear to be resolving certain environmental issues in their own way. In these strange times of Corona pandemic.

What does Resolution represent to you?

Here is another thought.

If you flee from the things you fear, there’s no resolution.

Chuck Palahniuk

Buried Alive

My mind drifted to thinking of resolution referring to the conflict between two people or nations and as I was looking for a suitable photo to add to this post, I found this, in my photo library.

beaconsfield mine disaster

It’s a museum poster at the Beaconsfield Mining Museum in Tasmania, spoken by the miner who was trapped with his mate and a dead colleague for 14 days, 1 kilometre underground after an underground gold mine collapsed. The incredible story of survival and careful extraction by the Recovery team led me to contemplate what resolution might mean in circumstances where all hope appears completely lost. What would resolution look like, then?

Todd Russell and Brant Webb were 900m (3,000ft) below ground, in a tiny space four and a half feet square. They couldn’t stand or sit and had to take turns lying either on their backs or their sides, as sharp rocks cut into them from below. They had a small amount of light, but it was a hot and humid 29C (84F), in their bunker. To keep their spirits up, Russell and Webb sang songs and told stories to pass the time. Their only food was a muesli bar.

On the sixth day, they were found by thermal imaging cameras and a microphone. Yet for the rescuers, this was the start of more frustration. “We were struck by the psychological trauma that affected everybody,” the miner explained. One driller told me that it was easier when he thought we were dead and he could convince himself he was just doing a job, breaking rock.Fourteen days of painstakingly slow and careful drilling later and the men were brought to the surface.

An interview with the miners 60 minutes TV one year after the disaster.

Beaconsfield Mine


How would you survive for fourteen days in a tiny space, not knowing if you were going to die at any minute? When there isn’t any other choice?

Todd Russell explains, “I made the effort to go back underground only a week after we got out,” he says. “You fall off a horse, you get back on it. I get quite uncomfortable at times, but I’m not spending 12 hours a day underground.

An amazing story of resolution. What was that trivial thing we were complaining about in relation to a Corona lock-down, a minute ago?

A final word from Jack Nicklaus

Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.

How do you resolve situations and experiences?

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