Since that moment, locked forever in time, the people that inhabit this planet have done everything but solve what really happened that day – regardless of who did or did not do the atrocity. Quite the contrary. A travesty of the most vicious kind created one of the greatest opportunities in self reflection the world has ever seen – and it was dismissed. Instead of dealing with the Earth’s tumultuous political and religious landscape in a holistic fashion we plunged it further into darkness. Another, and even possibly, worse tragedy unfolded – Wars – mindless, pointless, and ultimately self serving.
How can we have strayed so far from the path of righteousness and yet claim to be even more righteous now? How can we have come to lie to ourselves and each other and consume those lies as facts? Is it so that we can sleep at night knowing what we have done to each other? To our fellow humans? All in the name of what? For what? Who is gaining here? Ultimately has justice been done?
Does it matter anymore? The world is now so far out of balance, consumed with fear, hatred, doubt, and greed, that perhaps we have reached a tipping point. We all feel it but nobody really wants to admit it. The world is now holding its breath harder than ever before. Prior to 9/11 we could feel the inhale of breath, like billions of angry children holding out for what they want. 9/11 was that chance to exhale, look around, and take in a new breath of self reflection, honesty, and truth.
On 9/11 thousands of people died needlessly, and that was not the greatest atrocity committed on that day – forgetting how it even came to happen is. We honor those who fell by remembering them in somber silence when perhaps we should do so with outrage. Perhaps instead of bowing our heads we should raise our voices. Instead of shedding tears for those lost perhaps we shed our doubts, fears and ignorance. If we truly wish to remember those whose fires were extinguished too early perhaps we should light a new fire – one of hope, understanding, and above all, peace. Isn’t it time to do what is right over what is easy? Isn’t it?