Three lives are lost and counting in the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah. The flamboyant, camera-hogging mine owner, Bob Murray, has called this a “once in a lifetime” accident, like a car crushed by a boulder suddenly dislodged. These horrors happen.
Yes, but when we add one plus one plus one, we don’t call three an accident. We call it a product, a sum, the result. And the Utah disaster wasn’t random; it is the product of conditions just waiting to be added up.