Were it not for me visiting Hungary last year, I might not of paid any attention to this article. On the surface (and I guess until they get down 6 feet–shouldn’t they be on the metric system? Should it be 2 meters? Does 6 feet just sound like a more impressive depth? Is this just one of those “carry-over” things the metric system could not shake?), it just appears to be a competition. But, after reading the article, it appears the purpose truly runs deeper.
Were I to think about death as a part of my occupation every day OR every day I had a shovel in my hands, I could see myself slipping into a bit of depression. While they don’t literally look into the eyes of death, they are regularly creating a place for a person’s shell to be deposited once life has left it. I don’t consider myself weak stomached, but this is a job I could not take pride in. I suppose the only way to truly “enjoy” the work is to look at your work as honoring the person who has recently passed. I have told my children, “It doesn’t matter what job you have in this world. Whatever it is, do your best.” And, if they are able to do this, I honor them. And, if they are Christians and part of the ritual while digging or refilling is praying for the family of the departed, may their tribe increase.