Energy Independence / AlternativesPosted on Nov 23rd, 2008 | Category: Blog
Remembering 9/11, 2001
A former student of mine, Jonathan Warren, wrote an essay two weeks after 9/11, when he told a story of ten years in the future, where the very day of 9/11/2001 would be forgotten and how even more would deny how and why it happened, and a few even would forget that it ever did. He said the same political parties that prayed together, hand in hand, on the capital steps would soon forget how they stood together that day as Americans. That instead,ten years later, they would blame one another, that their finger pointing would divide us further for their own political gain. He also wrote, as Americans, that we must never forget the fear we all felt that day, nor the pride in how we came together as a nation… That we must share that day with our children and their children– to forever remind us how the power of hatred can destroy and how fragile our freedom is. No matter what you think about the cause or effect of 9/11– it was a day that we should learn from and never forget. What my former student wrote was quite profound especially that soon after, and even sadder less than ten years later, he was right. I wished I had saved his essay, but lost it in a computer crash. I’ll never forgot the essence of his words, nor the lessons of that day. Paradoxically, I will also remember that day for the hope that life goes on. My nephew was born that day, and I was blessed to be there. There is evil in the world, but there is also much joy.
“We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.” — E. M. Forster
The Seven Deadly Sins of the Press:
- Concentrated Power of the Big Press.
- Passing of competition and the coming of monopoly.
- Governmental control of the press.
- Timidity, especially in the face of group and corporate pressures.
- Big Business mentality.
- Clannishness among the newspaper publishers that has prevented them from criticizing each other.
- Social blindness.
— Max Lerner
“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Terrorists can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings but cannot touch the foundation of America…” — President George Bush