Today is a day of remembrance, and will be for a long time to come. Like December 7th, 1941, September 11th, 2001 is a day we all feel a little more somber regarding, whether or not it had any direct impact on our own lives.
I remember watching those towers fall and thinking to myself that this was the worst thing that enemies of our country could do, as a tragedy of this magnitude would surely bring our country closer together, make it stronger.
I sometimes fear it may have had more of an opposite effect, creating even more things for us to fight about during this time of increased political polarization.
In the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11/01, we, as a country, sat stunned, ready to react as we would to any other injury, by lashing out. Today it seems as if many are still acting like that cornered animal, on both sides of the political spectrum.
I’m not commenting on who is right or who is wrong. I just find myself fearing that this attack did something more than destroy beloved buildings and kill/maim our friends and family. I fear it gave reason to increase the rift in our political climate. Perhaps the terrorists were just playing the long game, hoping that something like this would eventually tear us apart.
But on a day like today, just a simple look at my Facebook/Twitter feed shows me that no matter one’s political affiliation, there’s one message that all seem more than willing to agree on. “Never Forget.”
And that’s definitely a good start.