Can we make art of an experience in which people have lost loved ones? Can we justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy? The beauty of abstract art is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.
For many Ground Zero workers, being hailed as a hero felt like fraud. "A hero is the guy who emerges from a burning building with a baby in his arms," they told me. None of them had, despite their attempts, rescued anyone.
The difficulty we have keeping terrorism's toll in perspective is our main enemy in the war on terror. This difficulty is responsible for some disastrous post-9/11 policies and is likely to bring more of them.
The site of the destroyed Twin Towers has been cleaned up but not rebuilt, the photographs of the funerals are now in albums but not forgotten, the country has moved on, but it has not healed its wounds.
This year, we will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with one of the largest days of service in American history. A coalition of organizations are recruiting a million people to engage in an act of charitable service.