The arts are how we communicate about our emotions and our resolve. Every single memorial event that I have ever seen relating to the horror of 9/11 has included the arts as a necessary core of activity.
For a brief moment in the aftermath of 9-11 we were all united as a global community and citizens. Individuals, not countries or political movements, expressed these feelings across cultural, national, and religious divides.
The truth is the world has lost confidence in the "indispensable nation" and has ceased looking to us as a military, economic and moral leader. And as we remain mired in military excursions countries like China are surpassing us on the economic front.
As we reflect on 9/11, can we feel the intense pride and gratitude that Joseph felt when he faced his aggressors? Can we tell these evil forces: You wanted to divide us but we are more united than ever.