The 12th anniversary of 9/11 passed by last week. Rather than posting this on that day, I thought I’d post it a little later, to give myself to reflect on a couple things.
9/11 was a terrible, terrible event that will go down in history as one of the most sinister acts against mankind. I can feel absolutely no empathy for the men who stooped to such lows, nor will I ever pretend to be able to understand what they were trying to achieve. The events of that day completely changed the world we live in; not only that, it has completely destroyed the idea of attaining world peace anytime in the forseeable future. No amount of writing can quantify the horrors of that day, so I’ll keep it short: 9/11 was a vicious attack carried out by cruel, heartless men, and the damage which it did can never be rectified.
I have a couple thoughts on the passing of this unfortunate anniversary. Firstly, 9/11 was an attack that was spurned on by amongst other things, religious intolerance. I am not a religious person, for several reasons. I hope to one day further discuss my beliefs, but for now all I’ll say is that one reason I lean away from religion is because of the intolerance it breeds. I know that radicalists of all religions are to blame for this, but in a world without religion, such intolerance would not be found. This world holds no place for such intolerance.
A friend posed a question to me the other day, and I’d like to just briefly touch on it. He stated that the anniversary of 9/11 touches many, and people everywhere take time to reflect on the tragedies of that day; however, why don’t people also, or instead, focus on world issues that are current? World hunger and poverty everywhere comes to mind. It’s an interesting question, as it sheds a lot of light onto our mindsets. In a couple lines, I think people are concerned more with 9/11 because it was preventable in the sense that if saner minds existed, it would not have occured. World hunger, on the other hand, is not preventable in a reasonable way. There are simply too many people on the planet to properly feed everyone. The same argument is made for poverty. It sounds terrible, and I really hope I’m wrong when I say this, but I don’t know if world hunger and poverty can ever be solved, simply because of the massive population on Earth today. Another reason I think 9/11 causes more of a stir in our society than these international issues does is because of our lifestyles. The vast majority of us who can thoughtfully debate such topics live very comfortable lives. We cannot imagine the horrors of famine, because we have never been exposed to it firsthand. We cannot relate with these issues on a deep level; the opposite goes for 9/11, with it’s deep-reaching implications of everyday life. The distance between the rich and the poor is so great that a certain indifference is felt towards very important issues that do not affect us. Both 9/11 and poverty are terrible, but there are reasons why one affects us more than the other, regrettable though it may be.
9/11 marks a significant change in the course of mankind. It would take too long to list or discuss them; instead, I’d like to emphasize my belief that if we tried, everyone can get along with each other. We consider ourselves to be an intelligent life form; we should then not need to resort to violence in an ideal world. As 9/11 passes each year, reflect on the atrocities committed, and please take a moment to think how you can make the world a better place, rather than inflicting damage for everyone. Strive towards achieving peace on all levels of life, because no one wants a world of hatred and intolerance. Above all, hold those near and dear close to you, because you never know what life will throw at you next, or how it may do so.