Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chilean miners disprove Lord of the Flies Theory

A great deal of fiction (The Stand, Lord of the Flies, The Experiment, Survivor) purport that in the face of catastrophy or bare bones survival, man will turn on himself until only one remains.

I think the 33 men stuck in the Chilean mine for 69 days proved that all wrong. Not only did they work together to ensure the group's survival but they surpassed their individual abilities to emerge triumphant in spirit as well as body.  Apparently, they've hired an accountant to create a fund in which to place the profits from the telling of their experiences so that each man, from the quietest to the most exuberant, will share the wealth.

Take that William Golding.


  1. yet another difference between fiction and reality.

  2. Yeah! (I know, I'm so eloquent.)

    I love, love, love your new picture, by the way!

  3. Anonymous6:16 AM

    The miners were only alone for about 2 weeks before contact was made and then they were given enough food and water to survive the rest of their time down there.
    In The Lord of the Flies the boys were all alone without knowing if they would be rescued and were forced to fend for themselves.

    These are two completely different situations.