Reflections…What 9/11 Should Have Taught Us

As we all know, today marks the 16th anniversary of the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Every September 11th since then, we have remembered the ones lost in these attacks, whether they were passengers on the planes, office workers in the buildings, or the search and rescue officials who were in the buildings when they collapsed.

But a thought occurred to me: along with remembering the ones we have lost, isn’t there a bigger picture? Isn’t there something we’re missing, especially today where everyone is against everyone?

Over the past several months, many people have been taking to the streets or social media to ‘protest’ racial matters that have been null and void since the Civil Rights Movements in the 1960s, pro-life versus Planned Parenthood, alt-right against far left, and whatever else I am missing.

It is hard to keep up with everything when there is so much being fought over these days. The point is that it is man versus man. They are fighting over matters that should only take common sense to solve. Sadly, this trait is lacking amongst our citizens.

On that day, the world witnessed a nation come together in mutual respect and love for their fellow man regardless of race, religion, sex, or creed. No one saw color that day, nor did they see any biases or prejudices. Even though our citizens are not being oppressed by foreign attacks like they were that day, shouldn’t we still take a page out of that same book right now?

What the world saw that day was precious. It is what we should all strive for: a period of peace for our country. No one fought over anything that was trivial or dumb. Instead, we all gathered together in a mutual love for this country. We realized that, if only for just one moment, we were not our own enemy. We had a mutual enemy: the people responsible for bringing this terror to our homeland. We banded together and joined in the fight to take these people down and have since then succeeded in taking out one of their leaders, Osama bin Laden. We helped each other when we were in need and worked together to save as many as we could out of those buildings. Day and night, people worked to clear the rubble and save what and who could be saved.

Where is this feeling of brotherhood now? Where is the sense of love, respect, and togetherness? Must we only feel this way if there is a foreign terror attack on our soil? I am specifying foreign since there are terror attacks on this nation every day, only the source is domestic. If we could come together like we did on that day, what is stopping us from doing it now? With threats to our country like ISIS and North Korea, could we just stop fighting amongst ourselves for one minute and realize that there are bigger problems than, for example, whether we should be allowed to have guns or not? Should we not band together like we did back then to exterminate the problem rather than turn a blind eye to it until it is too late? What will we do if it IS too late? All we could do then is pray that God have mercy on us, because I feel no one else will…

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