Seven years later

Today is September 11th here in China, seven years after the attacks on the World Trade Center. Liz and I both remember being in grad school at the time back in the States. I was in class early that morning and went straight to the library to study immediately afterwards, oblivious for hours about any unusual events on the outside. I’ll never forget how the events of that day pulled so many people together, and continues to do so.

Seven years later, I find that I’m now.. still in school. Hmm.. Some things are slow to change, aren’t they?


1 Response to “Seven years later”

  1. 1 mjfalk September 12, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Our generation was pulled violently into World War 11 on Dec 7th, 1941 when our country was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii—seemingly not related to the Nazi advances in Europe in the minds of the American voters then. Now we have the heart-rending images of the attack on New York City on television to help us never forget that this can happen today, too. Even the media uses the “World Trade Center” to identify the target—but, again it is still us–and the attackers are “them”—-and I wonder if we understand that at the root of singling out the US these schemers are moving toward a worldwide conquest and seem to have selected our country as the biggest obstacle in their mission. How do we process this as a nation with such a widespread and diverse population in a democratic society—and where do we go from here?

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