Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
In this, the now deemed “post 9/11 world”, today is a day filled with sadness and somber remembrance. It is a day we remember those whose lives were lost as they went about their regular life. It is a day that we mourn lives snuffed out early and unexpectedly.
With everything we’ve been told about why this attack occurred, about who did it, about their goals and about why we should continue to fear them, it’s easy for a flood of negative emotions to take over our thoughts today. It’s easy to become angered or frightened, thereby allowing hatred into our hearts. It’s easy to lose ourselves.
So, today’s post is a reminder. Hatred will not solve this problem. It will not end war, it will not resurrect the dead, it will not build bridges and it will not stop others from hating us. It will only deepen the chasm.
I am a Christian. I’m not the sort of Christian that will tell you that you’re going to Hell for having intercourse out of wedlock or that drinking is a sin. I’m the sort of Christian that believes Christ was sent to Earth to teach us how to love one another. Today, on the anniversary of this terrible event, I’m asking you to remember love, whether you’re a Christian or not.
You see, while my philosophy was born in my faith, it isn’t exclusive to my faith. It’s a philosophy that stands ground in the very roots of existence. To love one another, beyond the surface whims, fully and to the core of your being, is something rooted in our very humanity. I believe that it is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is how we have evolved.
Today, on this anniversary, and for your life from here on out, I ask you to stand proudly and courageously, offering a message of love to those who wish harm to others. Say to them, “I’m sorry you’re so angry with me, with others, and with your fellow man. However, I still love you.”
There is humanity in every bit of today’s tributes. There is an outcry from the core of humanity that doesn’t understand why something like this could occur, and it wants to react. React with love.
As an example of the humanity in today, The Daily Caller offers us this gallery of some of the most moving images from today’s tributes. May we never forget those whose lives were lost, and my we love one another a little better.
Image by Scott Hudson