Our hearts go out to our fellow Americans who perished in the horrific attack on the United States last Tuesday. I don’t have any pithy comments to make that haven’t already been said 5 times over, so bear with my disjointed gathering of thoughts.
To New York – David Letterman recently said something to the effect of “I believe that we all now understand, if we didn’t already, that New York is, indeed, the greatest city on Earth.” May your courage and strength be shining examples for all Americans as we overcome the obstacles presented to us.
To our brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces – Godspeed. We know you will make us proud.
To Everyone Else – Fear, anger and uncertainty fill all of our minds during this difficult time. As history (not to mention a certain filmmaker) has taught us, those emotions lead to the dark side of humanity. Justice, not revenge, is where our ultimate victory lies. Love, not hatred, will get us through this crisis.
Speaking from a generation that has experienced very little to fear until this point, I’ve wondered recently where we can find the courage to face the future with such opened eyes. One only needs to look at the brave men and women of the New York Police and Fire Departments to find the strength to overcome. Even after hundreds of their fellow brothers and sisters likely perished, those remaining went back to the scene to see if they could find someone, anyone to help. Those brave souls are still working tirelessly for countless families in the face of hopelessness. These people rushed into the face of danger to rescue those in need. As they bravely went into the great unknown with fierce conviction to rescue victims of tyranny, so shall we.
“‘You have plenty of courage, I am sure,’ answered Oz. ‘All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.'”
– The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum 1900
God Bless the USA (and the Earth)