Tuesday, September 13, 2011

10 Years Later.. September 11

There's not much that hasn't already been said about that dreadful Tuesday. Although the attack that changed history physically affected one city, the ripple effects are still tangible internationally. When going through heightened security measures, or seeing signs on public transport about suspicious activity, our mind immediately reels back to that Tuesday of September 11, 2001.

Some Things Will Never Be The Same
No matter how deep the wound, human beings strive to move on, to keep going forward despite the suffering inside. But sometimes the scars left behind redirect our lives in a way that will never be the same. Some people fell into a depression that they were never able to come out of, while others dramatically reshaped their lives for the positive. But every time we hear "Ground Zero" or drive by New York city, it's hard to pass up that void the twin towers left behind.

Lessons Learned
"It doesn't affect me" "It's not my life" .. comments like those were heard after the September 11 attacks and always after any natural or man made disaster. The truth is humans have become insensitive to the suffering others go through. Where has compassion gone? It has disappeared into a dark abyss of no return, along with  the towers. Yet, regardless of what people may say, the world we all live in is affected by the ripple effects of devastation and tragedies like 9/11. If you didn't lose family or a loved one in that terrorist attack, you did see your world stop for at least 24 hours after that Tuesday. You are also dealing with the extra paranoia in the air of another attack- the paranoia that replaced the illusion of peace and tranquility in the US. You also are probably being affected by the economic downturn this country hasn't been able to recover from since that day. So not your life? I beg to differ.

We can't change the past- or bring back what and whom were lost- but we can appreciate every moment alive and the people we love that fulfill it.

No man is an island

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

9/11 Memorial and New World Trade Center on the background.