It was so refreshing to spend 24 hours watching good news. After 68 days underground, the miners in Chile were all successfully brought one-half mile up from the depths, and they were all in relatively good health. For one whole day, there was not one pundit blathering on and on about politics in America. No one was shown demonstrating about one cause or another. It was as wonderful as what was happening on our screens.
For the past 68 days, the people of Chile showed a characteristic that is sadly lacking in people in the United States - patience.
If it had been American miners, stuck in a mine, how long would it have taken for someone to complain that nothing was being done, or that it was taking too long to come up with a solution --- two, three days? When would someone decide that there should be a "Miners Million Man March" on Washington, demanding that the President go to the mine and demand that the owners come up with a plan "right now?" How long would it have taken some of the miners' family members to seek out the nearest camera and loudly complain that it was all the mine owners' fault, the government's fault, the fault of someone else?
The President of Chile welcomed help from the world's scientists, and ended up allowing NASA to build the capsule that successfully brought the miners to the surface. No false bravura, no claims that "Chile can take care of the problem alone" that we have so often heard some of our own politicians claim. The only thing the Chileans cared about was getting the miners out safe and sound. Complaints and demonstrations, if any, could come later, after the emergency was over.
I was a miraculous, uplifting sight, and I loved watching it.