Like the rest of the country I have been following the tragedy in West Virginia at the Massey mines. I putmy opinions about mining aside for a minute and I have been contemplating how this could have been prevented. Employees of the mine have been speaking up for years about the massive number of safety violations and too often they have been fired for expressing their views. Instead of proactively addressing safety concerns and watching out for its employees, the company put profits ve all else. Right Intention, the second step in the Eightfold Path, is a commitment to ethical actions, doing the right thing and working to be sure that we don’t harm others.
This is not a lofty ideal that goes into a mission statement and then is forgotten. It needs to be lived every day to to be the driver al all decisions within an organization. By following the Right Intention, Massey would have listened to employees, addressed their concerns and assured the safest working environment possible. If Massey had followed the path of Right Intention, 25 or more lives would have been saved, children would have fathers and wives would have husbands. Now Massey is working hard to put on the appearance of Right Intention, though heavily spun messages and the promise of support for the families who have lost loved ones. Little do they know that we can see right through that.