The mineral industry knows about taking risks. Every year we turn over rocks, risking our money that there may be nothing of economic significance underneath. We risk our reputations to develop and run profitable operations. We risk missing the mother lode by a few metres, leaving fame and fortune hidden for someone else to discover.
But we don’t put ourselves deliberately in danger that’s just plain risky. We embrace safety at in all areas of our workplaces. We slow down when the road is icy. We thank our luck stars we don’t live next door to a sniper near Washington, D.C., or amidst the pervasive hatred in the Middle East, or with the threat of terrorist bombings in Asia. The world gets more frightening every year.
Violence is the ugly flip side to this interesting and lovely world. We in Canada are spared the worst of the outrages. But let’s not be smug. Instead, let’s pause and admire the early snows in the Rockies, the sweep of the Prairies, and the colourful forests of eastern Canada. Let’s embrace our families and enjoy our friends. And say a little prayer for all those people not so fortunate.