Eduardo Strauch is an architect and painter living in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is also one of 16 survivors from a 1972 plane crash in the Andes mountains which was charted by an amateur Uruguayan rugby team. He survived 72 treacherous days trapped high up in the mountains. He wrote a book about his experience called Out of the Silence: After the Crash.
Some interesting insights from this episode:
- Learn how he and 15 others managed to survive for over two months with minimal provisions, subzero temperatures, and thin air which was very difficult to breathe.
- Learn how spontaneous meditation helped free his mind and save his life.
- Mental strength was as important as physical strength for survival. You had to maintain hope and continue to have positive thoughts and believe that things would eventually work out.
- You had to learn how to control your mind in order to do what was needed to survive. “It was essential to strip away the deep associations of the past from our actions and maintain that strict separation to be able to act.”
- Once they ran out of food, they had to get past age-old societal norms and resort to cannibalism to survive.
- “We all occasionally fell into bouts of deep depression, but then the group would notice it and act in support of that person, like a living organism trying to rebuild its own weak cells.”
- From the very moments following the crash to this day, Eduardo has learned to appreciate the value of life.
- “Excellence is to be in peace with oneself and ensure that you are living the life you must live.”