The Day The World Changed

Posted on 11/09/2012


This is a slightly updated version of a post I wrote last year. I haven’t changed it much, the sentiments expressed, the hopes voiced, are still the same. Read, and remember.

It was, by all accounts, a clear day in Manhattan early on September 11, 2001. It began as a slow news day. It would not end that way. It would become a day of eternal infamy, a new high-water mark in terrorism against people who had given no cause for such hatred. The day that would simply become known as 9/11, was the day that people started looking at others differently, at the world differently. Trust became a very rare commodity. Some would say it died.

Everything has changed. It takes longer to get on planes. Government organisations have more power to interfere in our lives.

It’s the eleventh anniversary. It’s a commemoration rather than a celebration. The world will mourn, along with America, not just the over three thousand lives lost on that day, but the loss of innocence.

Some people have said that because of the terror of that day we can no longer look at others and believe that, deep down, we are all the same.

I think it is precisely because of that day that we MUST see ourselves in others despite the differences.

Those that died on that day as well as those who have died in the service of their nations since, deserve to have their memories and lives honoured by those of us left behind. We can do this by not assisting in the promotion of hate, bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness, but by actively promoting harmony and unity. That’s going to take a very long time. But that is a battle worth fighting.

Lets not forget them.

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