In the Los Angeles Times last weekend, a worker at Camp Hope was profiled. Her name is Maria Campillay:
Maria Campillay? She’s a social worker in the neighboring town of Caldera who took an indefinite and unpaid leave from her government job after the trapped miners were discovered alive Aug. 22 to come to Camp Hope and join the informal mess hall staff. Day and night, she and a dozen other volunteers, including six other Caldera town employees, cooked the food that the fishermen, supermarket chains and other individuals and businesses had donated. “Foreigners seem surprised to learn that there is a lot of solidarity among us Chileans, but that’s the way we are,” Campillay said. “Something similar happened after the earthquake in February in southern Chile. Many of us left what we were doing and went there to pitch in.”
Why did she do this?
There are a lot of people in the world who profess to believe in hell; that is, they believe that many of their fellow human beings will face a fate far, far worse than that of the Chilean miners. But, curiously, they don’t do much of anything about it.
Why is that?