On August 14, 2023, Michael Jones, a British construction worker, died while on site of the new Everton Stadium. In a show of class and empathy, the Liverpool F.C. club paid a tribute to the Everton fan by parading a banner to honor him. It was Liverpool’s fans way of showing respect to Everton fans. Now, witness the difference between Britain and Qatar when it comes to construction workers dying while building their Football stadiums.
According to The Guardian, a British online news site, some 6,500 construction workers died in Qatar building the stadiums that saw them host the 2022 World Cup. All of them from South Asia, hired as foreign workers to help Qatar sport washing its image on the world stage.
How many did Qatar honor during the World Cup? None. Nada. Zero. Why? Because, to the Qatari leadership, these helpless and poor construction workers are sub-humans. Not even worthy of one sign, one word, or one tribute for their immense contribution to the country. Qatar is not even admitting that so many construction workers have died. Appalling to say the least.
Money, in the wrong hands, fosters a degrading sense of life whose very own dignity is missing, and its own sanctity becomes a deformity in the face of human insensibility and carelessness.
IN QATAR, A CONSTRUCTION WORKER IS NOT HUMAN
Grant you that Jones is a British citizen. But paying tribute to those sub-existing below the surface of our own humanity would have put Qatar in a different category. It missed its chance when it showed the world it truly did not care how many thousands have died. Qatar will never admit, let alone show, any form of enlightened behavior.
Watching that banner in Liverpool highlighted to the world how money may give us power, but it does not give us a civilization upon which future generations can be proud to honor. Money, in the wrong hands, fosters a degrading sense of life whose very own dignity is missing, and its own sanctity becomes a deformity in the face of human insensibility and carelessness.
Some countries are born, rise, and decline, and some are born declining as they take their first step into writing their own history.