Friday, September 11, 2020

We will NEVER forget 9/11.... (on 9/11)



We will NEVER forget 9/11.... on 9/11.

But every other day, we can and do.

Every other day outside of 9/11, American people don't see a need to be civil, to keep each other in our hearts and do whatever we can to protect others' wellbeing if it doesn't serve our own selfish purposes.

Wear a mask to protect the greater good? Work hard to ensure that more fellow humans, no matter how old or what other health ailments they may have, don't die? Work to adapt lives and businesses to ensure health and safety first, rather than a "only the fit survive" mentality seen in The Hunger Games?

Nope, that kind of thinking is only reserved for 9/11.

It's sad, sickening, embarrassing, maddening.

I read this insight recently online:

In the wake of 9/11, we stood united as one nation. The commonalities that bonded us during that time seem to be lost now and we need to strive to return to that common purpose as a nation. Therefore, it is not just the tragedy of September 11, 2001 that we must remember but the feeling of unity that we felt on September 12, 2001. The patriotism, unity, and civility we displayed afterwards is just as important as remembering the horror and devastation caused by the 9/11 attacks. It was a moment when nothing divided us because we were ALL Americans."

It's ironic, really. Many of us shed tears on 9/11 like clockwork now. But once the anniversary passes by, too many fall back to a lack of civility, unity, decorum and heart. When Sept. 12 arrives again each year, what once meant unity and moving forward now means retreating to tribal corners.

Remember that, America.


3 comments:

Rick Phillips said...

nope never

Joanne Milo said...

YES, MIKE!!! Thank you for this ... sooooo true and sad.

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