Let me just say that I'm thrilled that all 33 of the Chilean miners made it out of there in good health. I was especially moved by the nationalism and pride displayed by those folks in that tiny unheard-of desert community---in a country that, I'll wager, most people in the so-called first-world countries couldn't identify on a map. |
As I heard them enthusiastically repeating, over and over, that Chilean chant, I had to wonder: Why don't we in the U.S. have a chant (a positive one, not "bombs bursting in air" kind of stuff)? Is it because we are never unified on anything? (We'd have to have a right-wingers chant and a left-wingers chant, so that one side could drown out the other). Is it because we are such a melting pot that no one really thinks of himself first as an American? Or is it because we couldn't care less about what other countries think (e.g. "football" is not soccer to us; it's a game we play against other Americans, not a bunch of funny-looking foreigners)...so who needs chants and such?
Oh well, at least the whole world was watching. Over a billion of us, I understand. Hopefully, a few were taking notes.