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Friday, October 15, 2010

33 Safe

I’ve simply been too swamped to write something coherent about the most amazing story of the week, the successful rescue of the Chilean miners after over two months of waiting.

I am impressed by the feat of technical prowess that literally pulled these men from the grave. But I’m even more impressed by the feat of human decency that kept them sane, functional and alive, especially for the 17 days they awaited contact with the outside world.  The careful rationing of food, organization of duties and quiet cooperation is what the inhabitants of civilized nations do.  We see it all the time during hours of crisis—just rarely over 1500 straight hours of crisis.

Having been to Chile many times, I’m not terribly surprised by this.  Chileans are an industrious and good people (as long as they have a good supply of coffee and conversation).  This week, they can feel very proud.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/15/10 at 05:41 PM in Deep Thoughts  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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