No doubt they will suffer, some of them. They will have nightmares and mysterious aches. For some of them, anger and resentment will replace their joy. Some of them will have trouble adjusting to the light.
But the ones who are lucky enough to survive twice, they will become astronauts. They will become men who’ve walked on the moon.
They will be men who know true deprivation, who know true fear, who know true darkness. And now, one by one, in that singular instant, they learned true joy, true beauty, true love. They will understand how good a steak really tastes. They will know how lucky we are to be able to turn on a tap and feel hot water coming out of it. They will hear a baby’s crying differently in the night. They will stand in the rain with their faces up rather than down. They will never get mad about being stuck in traffic. They will never try to figure out magic tricks. They will be believers.” —Chilean Mine Rescue Aftermath - What’s Next for the Chilean Miners?