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Could you live in a mine for five months w/o going crazy?

ZindaihasZindaihas Seattle, WAPosts: 5,164Member

Kinda surprised no one started a thread on this topic since it's been in the news now for a week or so.  It's an interesting story and it becomes even more interesting if you put yourself in that situation.

When I learned that they are not going to be freed from the mine until about Christmas, my head nearly exploded.  How can you survive buried under the earth for that length of time?  Maybe you could survive physically, but mentally it would be an incredible challenge.

33 people cramped together in a small area in total darkness except for whatever artificial light you have available.  Not only that, but the mine is said to be at about a constant temperature of 85 degrees F (29.5 C).  I know I could hardly sleep in that environment.  The air would be stale, the food would be pretty nasty and you would have to wear the same underwear for 5 months. image No showering, no bathing.  What a nightmare.

If I put myself in their place and wonder if I could make it, my answer would be that I could probably survive physically because I wouldn't have a choice.  Could I do it without losing my mind?  I'm not sure about that one.

So how about you?


  • modjoe86modjoe86 Fayetteville, ARPosts: 4,082Member Uncommon

    I suppose greater men have been through worse. Mining's a dangerous business. You have to take on some risk to make almost as much money as someone with a degree.

    "The birds they sang
    at the break of day.
    Start again I heard them say;
    Don't dwell on what has passed away
    or what is yet to be."

  • GTwanderGTwander San Diego, CAPosts: 6,035Member Uncommon

    *clears throat*


    F**k that.

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  • TechleoTechleo Grants Pass, ORPosts: 1,984Member

       I've been in a situation where I didn't have the option to run or move for 6 months It wasn't a pleasant experience but you end up learning to cope and even live in those conditions after a month or two. Having the advantage of living in those conditions day after day would help too. I think what gets you through it though is knowing who is waiting for you. Sigh.. Hehehe. You never forget though.

  • GTwanderGTwander San Diego, CAPosts: 6,035Member Uncommon

    What's really bullshitty about this is that they could get them out in 2 weeks if they wanted to. The wait is based on allocating resources (equipment, manpower and funding). I know Chile isn't the richest country, but I've seen more hustle from Haiti.

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  • devilisciousdeviliscious Posts: 4,359Member Uncommon

    of course I answered I don;t know, because I have never been in that situation. Not having much patience, not liking being around people for long, and my desire for sunshine would be a real challenge to survival in that situation. I have problems sitting still for 15 min.. not sure how that would go over.. LOL

    and not being able to shower or shave- that right there would make me nuts alone.

    I would probably go bat shit crazy.image

  • WolfenprideWolfenpride San''doria, WIPosts: 3,988Member

    If i had a computer and internet sure

  • pyrofreakpyrofreak In the middle of, PAPosts: 1,481Member Uncommon

    I think I could survive it given a few things. I would absolutely have to have something to keep my mind and/or body busy. This would be something like books that are fairly easily transported given the necessary constraints on bulk. I don't know how much the lack of sun would bother me, though I imagine not being able to get true fresh air for so long would really drag on a man.

    I think the biggest single factor that will help these men stay sane will be the work that they must do clearing the bottom of the drilling area of debris. This will give them something to do and constantly remind them that progress is being made in their rescue, regardless of how long it actually takes to get them out. The most dangerous time for the crew was probably in the time between the collapse and contact being made with the rescuers. This was a time when hope and motivation could easily be lost and the miners could sink into dispair. Now that they have contact with the outside world and are in contact with loved ones and rescuers, hope and morale will be much easier to maintain.

    Keeping the men busy is probably the single most important thing for their mental health. While they're working they're not thinking of how fucked their current situation is.

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  • ClovenatorClovenator Austin, TXPosts: 10Member

    Of course I think I could. I'd just call my imaginary friends on my imaginary phone to join me for an imaginary party... they'd have to bring real food though.

  • If I knew for sure I'd get out alive at the end probably, there'd be a harsh period in the begining before your mind adapted to the conditions. If my escape was not certain, as is the case here, I cannot say.

  • pussaykatpussaykat Montreal, QCPosts: 791Member

    Been detained for 2 month on 2 occasions. 5 months is longer.


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  • ZindaihasZindaihas Seattle, WAPosts: 5,164Member

    Oh, I almost forgot about this song from The Simpsons.  It sums up my sentiments pretty well.

    We're sending our love down that well

  • Oracle_FefeOracle_Fefe N/A, NYPosts: 221Member Common

    As a young, growing, stable young boy who is slowly advancing in teenage years and soon going into adult years, I can be proud and honorable to say:


    Hell no, I need a glass of coca-cola every day or I'd go crazy.

  • TinyLarvaTinyLarva Binghampton, NYPosts: 5Member

    I would like to think that I could survive. But I think I could go crazy without seeing sunlight or the outside for such a long time. Plus when you do get out, day and night are going to be a weird thing to experience. Down there apart from peopleing tell them they have no idea what the weather is, if its day or if its night.. It would screw up your internal clock so much.

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