Along with everyone else I was fixated on that cave rescue. At stake were the lives of 12 kids and their coach. The world spared no expense to get them out.

Then I started thinking about all the people whose lives are at stake, who don’t present that kind of high drama. Like the people still suffering from the failure to get basic services back up and running in Puerto Rico. Or the people who don’t get needed medical care because our health system is so utterly screwed up.

Or the poor people in poor countries who die avoidable deaths every day. If they were shrewd, they’d get themselves trapped in caves.

Our compassion seems to stretch when a dramatic rescue is involved. Otherwise, just another needless death, just another day.

Not to take anything away from those brave kids, or their brave rescuers. Just sayin’.