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Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11: Thoughts

Here we are again, on this day that has shaped our lives as Americans. Anyone living today that thinks 9/11 hasn't changed the landscape has been living in a box, buried in the abyss of nonexistence. It would be safe to say that our world effectively ended when 9/11 entered the social landscape. We had to change, and some of those changes were bad.

But, we're still here. 9/11 didn't destroy America. Instead, it gave us a reason to want to exist, and made us temporarily aware of how much we rely on the kindness and sacrifice of others to keep the gears going.

Today, though, is not a day to think about how we've changed. It is a day to remember those that died and those that sacrificed their lives doing a job that we take for granted every single day. We should be ashamed of ourselves for ever forgetting how important firefighters, police officers, and even our soldiers really are in the grand scheme of things. They do for us what we can't do for ourselves.

So, today, we should remember them. We should give them some measure of thanks for their willingness to spill their blood and risk their lives on our behalf. And we should remember those innocent people who were ruthlessly murdered.

To those of you who may be in the service, or a public servant of some form, I thank you for what you do for this country, regardless of your political position or personal belief. You do a service for all of us and deserve accommodation for it.

Thank you.

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  1. I knew there was something about today ... I figured it was just that it's ten days till my birthday.

    I haven't been living in a box, and 11/9 changed nothing for me. Oh, I can't take liquids through airport security. Somehow I live on.

    Do you guys take any note of 7/7?

  2. I meant for Americans, silly. No, we don't note 7/7 as far as I know...maybe we we? I don't know. Look it up. :P