September 11, 2002

posted September 11, 2002 by Jenn

Jenn

It's September 11th. Today marks a one-year anniversary. Of what, I feel I don't need to say.

Since it seems appropriate, I'd like to offer my own first anniversary reflection on what I've seen the human spirit do.

On that day, the human race reaffirmed its status being the only creature on this planet that can rationalize and take joy in killing its own kind. 19 homo sapiens took it upon themselves to take 4 planes laden with fuel and people and target them at buildings containing many people. They didn't want property damage, they didn't want to merely scare the pants off people. They wanted to kill. And they wanted to do it in the most brutal, horrifying and flat out atrocious manner possible. We look at the images, see hell on earth in those buildings and see what the human spirit is capable of. Hurrah for the human race.

On the other side of the coin, in the 36 hours after the morning of the 11th, we have also seen how the human joins the rest of the animal kingdom with its strong will to survive. 18 people were pulled from the wreckage of the WTC alive. And even after that, across the country we hear stories about how people are not letting their lives grind to a halt after seeing what happened, in person or on TV. We hear about the surviving wives who've given birth since Sept 11th '01. People have found ways to cope, adapt and move on, through religion, higher tolerance towards people, family. Personally, I've noticed people are a little bit friendlier in face to face situations. If not friendlier, then less surly. The ability to survive crises is strong in humans and can lead to great things. Again, Hurrah for the human race!

To all the firemen, policemen and EMTs...
To all the bystanders who rushed forward to help...
To all who could lend a supporting hand, shoulder, dollar, word or moment...
To the passengers of the Pennsylvania plane...
To the stewardesses who brought down Reid the "Shoe-Bomber"...
To anyone who's stopped a human from taking the lives of many others...
This one gives all of you a long hearty applause of congratulations. The human race could do with more of you.

Like a human, we can have the desire and will to kill other men. Like the meerkat, we can come together and bond tight when attacked or threatened. Like the bison, we can form a wall of protection (physical, spiritual or mental) and defend overselves. And finally, like the elephant, we must never forget.