As the Chilean miners are reborn into sky and wind and sun, there will be much talk of miracles and God and Devils. But in the midst of the celebration, I hope one thing will not be overlooked: The professional experience and knowledge of men who know the earth and rock like they knitted it. Their long experience with the hard reality of their environment initially kept them alive and later, when the first fear and horror began to give way to hope as rescue operations became a possibility, that professional competence and knowledge gave them back a good deal of control over their small world and made them active participants in their own rescue.
I suspect that active control, and the competence of their foreman and other members of that amazing band of men was the real mysterious miracle at work here.
Once they're finally all safe, then the real horror will set in: The Media. Fame. Money. The unstabilizing trauma of world attention that can unhinge the most firmly moored. And there will be lawsuits and investigations and a few changes in mining law may or may not be made. Life will go on, as it always does. Some of the men will adjust to their new reality. Others won't. Stories will be reinvented and a legend will be born.
But for right now, ten are free. And that's wonderful news.