9/11. Thousands of Americans were murdered senselessly through acts of aggression.
I can’t but think what might have been. If we had true visionaries, true leaders, some ten years ago. But our society is one based on greed, consumptive consumerism, and violence. And our leaders are in place to keep us on task. And so that is the route we went. We could have stood in union with the suffering around the world. We could have moved towards lasting internal and international peace. But we were told – and we bought – that shopping is brave, that retribution is psychologically healing, that violence is strength.
We reacted through war and buying until we killed nearly a million people and destroyed many other lives through our economic policies.
|from Dr. K Trotter blog|
As I ponder and think back through my own natural jingoistic reactions, (how upset I was when I saw fewer flags on one block than on another. How I laughed at jokes at local Muslims’ expense. How I wanted to get them sumsobiches) I wonder that 9/11 should have been a time for somber solidarity – for recognizing that even America is fragile. That we are connected to the thousands upon thousands who die daily in countries ravaged by starvation, AIDS, malaria, genocide, widespread poverty, oppressive regimes, and (largely connecting all these dots) globalization.
9/11/01 should have been a moment of recognizing our shared humanity, the fact that we are all precious, that we all bleed, that we can live in moments of fear. But it became a time for more hubris. Instead of asking, “Why does violence happen to any of us?” we asked, “Why should violence happen to US?“
Now is the time to reflect. Now is the time to empathize and hear the suffering of not only our next door neighbors, but of our neighbors in Cambodia, in Nigeria, in Laos, in Ukraine, in Mexico, in the Phillipines, Puerto Rico, in North and South Korea, in Vietnam, in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now is the time for healing and strength that can only be found by banding together.