I debated about whether or not to post anything about 9/11 on this, the tenth anniversary of the attacks. Ultimately, I decided not to provide an account of my experiences on that day, as they were probably much like those of many Americans. I was not in Washington, New York, or Pennsylvania. I did not personally lose anyone that day, so my experiences were relatively unremarkable.
“Never forget,” is a phrase often connected with that day. I doubt that most of us need help remembering, but simply remembering is not enough. If anything is to be salvaged out of the wreckage of that 9/11, we also need to learn. I’m not going to sit here and tell everyone what it is that they should have learned, but merely suggest that, as you reflect on the events of that day and all that ensued, you take stock of what you learned, whether it was about yourself, your country, violence, peace, hatred, love, patriotism, dissent, freedom, or responsibility. I know I learned a lot.