The breaking news is gripping – 12, 17, 22, now 27 miners raised from the San Jose mine in Chile. You hold your breath, hardly daring to believe that it’s now actually happening, that it seems to be OK.
It’s been a tale of amazing courage, and also of calm competence, undaunted hope, community and family solidarity, and a faith that is as natural as breathing. Everything has been thought of, to sustain the miners’ spirits and health, and to bring them from the depths of the earth to the surface in safety.
And there have been no loud recriminations, despite the threat to personal survival. There has not been outrage or bitterness or the call for heads to roll – at least not yet. There has been, instead, a methodical and intelligent use of the best technology to solve the problem as swiftly as possible, and a determination to find strength in shared support and prayer.
Rather different from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I’d say.