Can there have been anyone who was not spell-bound on Wednesday night as we watched the successful release of the Chilean miners from their tomb, half a mile underground?
…..from what seemed like disaster to the families with the loss of so many lives, to the knowledge that they were at least alive, but trapped;
….from the possibility that they might be able to be rescued, to the insurmountable problems of getting to them;
….from the technical problems which lay ahead, to the realisation that they might be overcome;
….from the anxious few hundred people on a Chilean hillside, to the hearts of a worldwide audience;
….from the trivia of much of our ‘News’, to the gripping, nail-biting real-life story of the survival of a small number of human beings;
….from the dark hole of a mine, to the brilliant pictures telling us what was happening deep in the earth;
….from the first tentative thoughts that perhaps might be going too well, to the knowledge that all had worked;
We all travelled far over those days, but none moreso than the miners themselves, their family and friends.
Let’s hope that society also moved along a little, and that the success achieved may show the better side of man’s nature, that saving lives must be better than killing.