Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Birthing of Miners

The world is waiting and watching with bated breath, like that of the expectant father, as thirty-three Chilean miners emerge out into the world for the first time in 69 days.  Will they be ok?

It’s looking good so far.  As of mid-day, 22 of them have been pulled out safely. It’s incredible isn’t it?  To go to your job, dangerous as it may be, and then become trapped for hours, days, weeks and then months.  What could that have felt like?  The thought that maybe you will die down there without civilization even realizing that you made it through the initial, explosive event.  How terrifying this must have been for them, their families and their loved ones; not to know anything.

And what must the ride up be like?  Being dragged up thousands of feet diagonally through darkness in a small,  human transport canister, and then being pulled out into a busy, bright society.  There must be something akin to PTSD that will set in from the trauma of their lives being at risk for so long, and also from the shock of re-entering the world; one in which every media outlet will be interested in hearing their stories.  I know I am.  Will we see them in a week, all thirty-three of them line up in chairs along with key rescue and Nasa people, on a national television soundstage for “Oprah” or “A.C. 360?”  They will surely have felt the spectrum of emotions; fear, anger, gratefulness, and confusion.

And what will it be like for the rescuers, who working on this project for drawn-out months, busy weeks, and finally intense last hours, will no doubt have to readjust from being so needed and focused on a common goal to disbanding and deflating from the events.  It’s going to be a hard adjustment for all involved, but thank God that in the end, it looks like it will be a happy one.