You know that feeling you get when you are at the base of a mountain looking up and you feel humbled and awestruck by the majesty and immensity of the setting? The Berkeley Pit is sort of like that only completely backwards, completely wrong.
It has also become a morbid tourist attraction. There are billboards near Butte boasting of its depth (1,600 feet deep!!) in an attempt to get people to stop and check it out. I can only hope that it is an thought-provoking and humbling experience for all those that skip off the interstate to see it. I feel there has to be an important lesson there. There has to be. If we cannot learn from our past, we are doomed.