No soul old enough to be aware of the world on September 11, 2001 will forget where he/she was when he/she heard the news. Who is capable of erasing the devastating televised images from his or her mind?
Something that horrific doesn't go away. It fades, but its presence is always hovering.
Everyone says they'll always remember and never forget. But what does that really mean?
Yes, we owe it to those who died, whether victims or heroes, to remember. To honor. To shed tears.
To never forget.
I wonder, though, what those people would tell us if they could whisper in our ears or write a message across the blue canopy of the world.
I think perhaps they would want us to do more than remember.
Maybe they would tell us . . . beg us even . . . to LEARN!
Learn from history! It seems when we look at the powers that be at this very moment, that we, our country as a whole, are not studying history and learning from it!
Would wisdom have us re-elect a president with known ties to an unapologetic terrorist, who from all appearances is doing his best to drive our country into the ground both financially and morally, who would appear to want to force us into socialism (when has this ever worked out well overall for a country?), and whose health care legislation allows 15-year-old kids to have irreversible sterilization surgery WITHOUT parental consent? What is wise about having a government that infiltrates every aspect of life, to the point of seeking to destroy the morale of business owners by telling them they didn't build their businesses?
This is not freedom! It's a submission of ourselves to potential future tyranny. Why would we do this to ourselves when we have a choice?
What difference does it make to remember if we don't learn as well?
If you are a Democrat, I'm not mad at you. I won't un-friend you (on Facebook or in real life). ;) As far as I'm concerned, if you are my friend, I love you for reasons that have little or nothing to do with politics, and I always will.
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or neither, I do encourage you (and I'm talking to myself here, too) to do your homework. To study the causes and effects of history.* To not allow stubborn pride to cause us to cling to anything that isn't right or beneficial for our country. To pray and ask God for the wisdom to know the right thing to do and the courage to do it.
Let's not help those terrorists finish what they started on 9/11.
*The revisionists' version of history will do us little or no good. Real history is what's true, not someone's made-up version of the truth. Generally speaking, the older the history source, the more accurate it is likely to be.