Reflections on 9/11

Today is the day after. Personally, when September 11th rolls around I would just as soon think about something else. Of course, I remember the day, and so when I saw this post I thought I share.

After the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, I was watching TV when the second crashed into the other tower. In a generic sense, it was easy to figure out who was responsible.

When the smoke coming out of one of the towers suddenly changed color, I knew a sense of horror. The aviation fuel finished burning, but it had ignited a raging fire. Sooner or latter the structure of the building would weaken and the building would collapse.

Because they had to know at least much as I, I admired the courage of the fire rescue personnel. They were still entering the building.

So what about Tricia’s question at the end?

What are your thoughts about September 11? Have they changed from then to now?

The answer is in Tricia’s post. Read the paragraph before her question at the end.

Freedom Through Empowerment

10450846_10152657445138150_1527888332419789200_nIt’s been 16 years since that awful day when the Twin Towers came crashing down and so many lives were tragically cut short.  It’s important to take a few minutes today to reflect on what happened.  What did 9/11 mean to you then?  Does it differ in how you view things today?

It does for me.  During the days immediately following the attack, I was angry, sad and numb.  I didn’t know anyone personally that died, but the momentousness of the event was unavoidable and we all knew that things would never be the same.  Our false sense of security was destroyed and our innocence lost.

At least it was for many of us having come of age in the 1980’s.  That bubble gum era of optimism and bad pop songs provided a false sense of inevitability about the future and naivety of the world around us.  9/11 shattered all of…

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