Dear Chilean People
Please don’t take offense. This 180 word article is coming from Australia and as you know, we are quite remote and awkwardly backward.
Yet in my potentially disrespectful Aussie way, I’ll be blunt.
There’s no more ‘God’ in the rescue of your Chilean miners than in the the way my dirty clothes fall in a heap in the corner of my bedroom.
Chile has taken a great step. The next is to dismiss Catholic propaganda and recognise that your engineering expertise was to thank for your miners’ survival, not the kindly smile of an interventionist god.
Once you begin to acknowledge your scientific advancement and allocate recognition based in reality not fiction, you may well see growth, less poverty and perhaps an exuberant spike in individual possibility.
Until then, Popes in glass cars will travel the streets of Santiago sprouting dreams and hope. There’s certainly many in your country, and the youth in particular, who in some way understand that men and women with brains and brawn, not prayers and crosses, enabled the survival of the 33.
And where oh where in the past 70 days has been Joseph Alois Ratzinger? I’m sure he’ll be there soon.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.