Friday, September 11, 2009

Remember and Honor

Today is September 11th. I remember where I was when I saw the attacks on the Twin Towers - do you? In so many ways the death of the Towers was the start of the next phase of American history. With their destruction, we entered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and entered the serious financial epoch that we are currently in. Looking back from a long history, the Towers will join a long list of "causes" that were pivotal in ensuing conflicts including the Alamo, the Main and even the Bastille.
Rather than concentrate on the conflicts that came to us because of Sept 11th, I will concentrate on the remarkable human side that was shown on that day. The heroism, the above-the-bar actions of simple human beings that made such a difference. We, as a nation, showed our mettle that day. We joined together. We buried the dead and comforted the living. We went on, united in a single platform and goal. In small places over the ensuing years we have had cracks occur in our unity. But when push comes to shove, we will defend our freedoms down to the last child. Among those freedoms is the freedom to chase your bliss as long as that chase does no harm to others. So I urge you to honor the dead of September 11th today, and renew your personal decision to chase your own bliss as a way to memorialize the freedom that they gave their lives for eight years ago.

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