Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Last week, 33 men were rescued after 69 days trapped in a Chilean mine.

Now, I know these men will never have a normal life again. The media circus has already begun and we can expect made-for-TV movies, Discovery Channel specials and countless books and magazine articles covering everything from the history of the mine, their lives while entrapped and the engineering it took to free them. There will be divorces, alcoholism and probably a suicide or two among them. 

But for a brief time, governments, corporations, engineers, scientists, medical professionals pulled together to preform an amazing feat. The world watched and cheered. Now, I'll be honest, before all this my knowledge of Chile could fit into maybe a three sentence paragraph and even now, my knowledge isn't much more. Yet I know they should be very proud of what they accomplished. 

So what is it that they did? They worked together, they asked for help, they knew very clearly what the problem was and worked quickly to solve it. The engineers, the doctors, the government officials both in Chile and the countries that aided them all worked around the clock against the clock to do something that had never been attempted in history, something that was positive and productive. They did not take "No" for an answer.

In almost sixty years, I have only seen something of this magnitude one other time, in July 1969. I hope I don't have to wait another forty years to see people work together again.