Human beings have great difficulty accepting and dwelling in such existential vulnerability. We fall into what the philosopher Martin Heidegger called idle talk.
Each and every one of us knows loss. We have experienced the death of a loved one. But how many of us have experienced the shocking, unspeakable trauma of war? Of terrorism? I have not.
As Americans, we seem most highly evolved at thinking of ways to screw each other over. That includes denying the chronically ill volunteers who went down to Ground Zero the day after 9/11 not only compensation for illness, but refusing to acknowledge some were even there.
Over the course of days, we tuned in -- glued to the television -- trying to cope with and understand the how, why, and who's of this tragic attack.
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When the time comes to pull together, no other nation does it better than the citizens of the United States of America.
The Sept. 11 attacks had forced me to become much more cognizant of the world around me and motivated me to pursue the interfaith, civic, and community service activities I'm involved in today.
Until we see the evil in capitalism infected by corporate greed and economic inscription we will continue to kill and be killed and sow nothing but violence for our children. Live by the sword, die by it.
On this 11th anniversary of 9/11, it's a good day for us to look back and assess the damage. As a Christian, I've certainly seen it and felt it in the Christian community.
Imperfect anniversaries provide the seeds for subsequent improvement. Maybe one way to commemorate 9/11/01 is not through remembering how we have felt, but summarizing what we have learned.
Eleven years ago, our freedom was violated in a fatal, destructive manner. But we did not elevate to that level of hatred. Instead, we stood together with our fellow men, women and children to protect our nation and to recover.
I've been hearing a lot about why we should stop formally commemorating September 11. I don't think we should stop. We should evolve. Distance should modify how we view that day, but there is still much to be gained by looking back at the day.
The most horrific tragedy in American history occurred 11 years ago today. The terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington D.C. and in Pennsylvania echo the hatred for America's freedoms, but signaled the greatness of our nation.
I knew if I could continue that service and incorporate it into my daily life, my everyday would be elevated. And, more importantly, I'd elevate the lives of others.
This has been a traumatic decade. There will be a long-term impact on our collective psyche due to the terrible loss of life on that day, in the wars which have followed, and the hate-induced violent incidents this summer. But we must not retreat.
Taking stock on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we can clearly see numerous examples of places where the investment in the science and technology base has enabled more effective counter-terrorism operations.
Eleven years ago this morning, my husband overslept and missed a train that would have gotten him into the city in time to attend a conference in the Marriott beneath the World Trade Center. Unpredictably, and for so many people with unfathomable cruelty, the minutes made a difference.
11 years ago yesterday I was awakened by incessant sirens piercing the New York City morning. Even for New York the sounds seemed oddly out of place ...
"I remember the feeling I had in the days after those attacks -- a foreboding sense that we were in for years of religious hostility among Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others."
Many, especially in New York, remember 9/11 because they cannot forget; the traumatic grip of memory is severe and unrelenting. What can "Never forget!" mean for those who have no choice in the matter?