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A Pilgrimage Should Be A Celebration, Not A Death March

A Pilgrimage Should Be A Celebration, Not A Death March

A “pilgrim” is someone “who travels on a long journey for religious purposes.”

About six years ago, over 2,000 people were trampled in Mecca during the Hajj. This year, thus far, about 1,300 died of causes related to extreme heat. The Saudis announced that over 90% of these current deaths were among “unregistered pilgrims.” I’m not sure what that means, and I’d be curious about with whom the Mayflower people registered to come to the New World, but it doesn’t seem to me to make any difference in terms of the calamity.

All of these deaths were caused by poor preparation and poor implementation, the earlier one by poor crowd control and these current ones by not anticipating the severity of the conditions and certain health hazards related to them.

Over a million people recently turned out to watch the Boston Celtics team parade in crowded streets in celebration of the NBA championship. Some were sidelined with heat stroke and treated, and two people were arrested during the entire event. Then everyone went home.


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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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