"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!"
- Lilian G. Katz, Phd.
Today is a day that will live in infamy. It is an overused phrase, but so true. I believe with all my heart that we should remember the victims, and never forget this day, but I can't stomach the politicalization of the event.
This was the result of the refusal to understand each other and accept each others differences- on both sides. Instead of learning from it, the breach is becoming worse.
Don't get me wrong, the people who planned and did this tragedy were wrong. There is no gray on the fact that the action was wrong and caused horror and anguish on an entire nation. It is the use of the event as an excuse for war, and to become that which we feared. We are now terrorists.
My dearest wish? Peace. The path to peace is not war- it never has been.
We must talk and learn from each other. We must not view others as the enemey, but as brothers. People who think and act differently from us, but who are still human beings and still deserve dignity and respect.
May god have mercy on us all, in whatever form s/he is actually in.