Reflection on September 11th
This weekend the common phrase to begin a conversation will be, “Where were you?” Or, “What were you doing?” It is our way of placing ourselves in the story of the events that occurred ten years ago. Americans for all our differences are unified by our collective memory of what it means to be a nation. We hold to our collective memory because it is a part of our culture. Generations before remember Pearl Harbor or the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. We print calendars commemorating these dates. We build memorials that stand as a physical reminder of what has happened to us as a nation.
We are also a nation where the collective memory can be reduced to nothing more than a self-regarding society. Our talk about “Where were you” or “What were you doing,” can take away the unity of remembrance and reduce our moment of reflection to self-loathing. September 11th is a day to stand united in our remembrance. It is a time to lift up our interconnectedness as a people. The best way to remember the day is to remind ourselves of the first rule of communication – listen before you speak. September 11th is a day that belongs to everyone.
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