Yes, it’s the 14th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attack and I’ve tried my hardest to avoid taking in all the rhetoric that’s built up over the last fourteen years. It was tragic. It was a wake up call. We needed to take action.
But after 14 years, what have we accomplished? What have we learned? Are we any safer? Are we any less afraid? Are we any freer? The answers are nothing, nothing, no, no and no.
I saw something today in which somebody said that the attack “woke us up.” Yes, it did. Then the government said, “Not to worry. We’ll take care of everything and we’ll keep you safe, no matter what the cost.” We responded, “Thank you, Uncle Sam. We trust you’ll do the right thing and keep us safe, whatever it takes.” Then we went back to sleep.
No, we shouldn’t forget what happened that day. We should remember those who died and those who responded to the call. But have we paid too much for the illusion of safety? We need to end our paranoia and stop living in fear. We are not, and cannot be, the land of the free if we are living in fear. No one who lives in fear is free. Let go of our fear and dare to be free!