Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Was It 17 Years Ago Or Was It Yesterday?

Was it 17 years ago or was it yesterday?  

I guess it depends on what day you ask yourself that question.  Today, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 it seems like it was yesterday, especially this year, because it is the same day of the week as the day in 2001.  

But that is me, not all of us feel that.  

In fact, I have worked with folks that actually have no memory of that day as they were too young, maybe you have too.  When I discuss the day with them it seems that the weight and impact of that day really isn't evident to them.

It was something they learned in text books.

To me that is a problem.

I suppose the nation had a similar problem 17 years after December 7, 1941, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

It isn't their fault that they have had to learn it through books but I also think watching the images of that day help to create a stronger learning of what happened and the impact it had on the nation and the world.

Memorials are important and have a clear function but true understanding and learning come from watching the live TV images from that day.  It conveys it even better than still photographs.

So, I encourage you, if you are a young adult, some of the images are too intense for those that are younger, to watch the video.  It will help you to understand that these events are real and tragedies like this can happen again if we don't learn from them.

The Spanish-born American author, George Santayana of the late 1800s and early 1900s wrote it best:  "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Even though it's incredibly difficult and emotionally draining I encourage those that didn't live through it and even those that did, to help them stay grounded in the reality of what happened to watch some videos today on youtube.com to help you see what actually happened.

A good place to start is when the second plane hit the second World Trade Tower, because it was at that moment that we all knew we were under attack.  Up until that moment many thought it must be an accident, some freak event.  But when the second plane hit we all had the same realization, this was intentional, we were at war.

Bryan W. Rupp