“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
I have written about 9-11 before, and actually started a series of comments with some of the usual suspects. I wish that Solid would visit more often. I know another attack of that magnitude has not happened again, but my simple point about that day is that it should not have happened in the first place.
I am not pretending that we ever forget what happened, that for our generation would be impossible, but rather to take the positive that come out of that horrible day and continue with it. We came together as a nation to support each other, we showed solidarity and true feelings.
The U.S. helps the world in many ways, and like the quote above the most effective are the humanitarian efforts, however even with those we are not recognized or loved by the world as we should be. I sometimes wonder if all of those efforts should be concentrated in here, with our people or even our close neighbours and we should let others step up around the world.
To quote my mother in law, “You will gather more bees with a drop of honey than with a bucket of vinegar.” Simple acts of kindness make a difference and make our days better. So today, to remember this day shake the hand of someone you see every day but don’t talk to besides pleasantries, ask them about their lives, ask them where were they the day this country lost its innocence. United We Stand.