I'm angry about 9/11. Not at the few that planned and committed the act, but us and our response. I feel less safe and more intruded upon now than before 9/11. And I'm not happy about that.
Folks have not learned why others would have wanted to do that act to us. They "hate" anything Islamic. (I'm a guy whose first political act many years ago was to campaign for Barry Goldwater and I'll still stump for him over some of the things LBJ did, not your bleeding heart start.) They haven't learned to difference between the many groups that make up Islam, as they have branches, like Christianity. They haven't opened up their homes to visitors from Islamic countries. They fear, over learn. Those who act so among "us" scare me a lot.
I was scheduled to receive an award on 9/11 for building and promoting an organization in Portland, Oregon: Friends of Trees. I was treasurer from essentially a cramped office until the annual budget was $800,000. The organization was a bottom up organization that got folks to pay something for street trees in front of their homes so they would care for was was, in truth, a public asset. That type of perspective has suffered from 9/11, as it pulls us from Walk Kelly's wonderful observation through Pogo: "We've seen the enemy and he is us."
We need to learn how to live, not how to fear. As this context is learn how to "be." I'd add and we need to learn how to be with others.
More information about text formats