9/11/18: A Defining Moment

WTCmemorialJune2012Today, the 17th anniversary of 9/11, the subway station that was buried by the fall of the World Trade Center towers, has reopened to loud cheers. Hope survives! So does the question “What have we learned since we trembled in horror and disbelief 17 years ago?”

The 9/11 Anniversary in 2018 coincides with the release of Bob Woodward’s FEAR exposing the moral abyss that is the White House; National Security Advisor John Bolton’s “America First” attack of the legitimacy of the international court; and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s statement urging immediate action on climate change.

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U.N Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment. … Far too many of leaders have refused to listen.

If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change. [Antonio Guterres]

The collapse of the World Trade Center brought us to a dead stop. We could see it. First responders touched it. NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani became “America’s mayor”.

We Americans wondered what sense of morality would lead someone to highjack commercial aircrafts and turn them into weapons of mass destruction. All these years later, morality is still the question. “America’s mayor” today declares that truth is not truth, while we ignore a greater threat, less visible to the naked eye — climate change — exceeds the geographically limited horror of 9/11. 9/11/18 is a defining moment in a sea of moral amnesia requiring a voice from beyond the spiritual-moral morass America has become.

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Václav Havel

“The worst thing,” wrote the Czech writer and former President Václav Havel, as though peering ahead into the American of 9/11/18, “is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We feel morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. Concepts such as love, friendship, compassion, humility or forgiveness lost their depth and dimension” (bold added by Views from the Edge).

In this defining moment, hope again rises against hope with its own kind of prayer for the end of the planetary moral madness:

“There is only one thing I will not concede: that it might be meaningless to strive in a good cause.”
― Vaclav Havel, Summer Meditations

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, 9/11/18.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “9/11/18: A Defining Moment

  1. Yes, all wonder at the moral failures has itself become unbelievable. Even now I keep saying to myself “I can’t believe . . .” only to stop and think “of course it’s believable,” and feel the now familiar hollowness at what we have become.

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    • Woodward’s book makes it abundantly clear, as if its weren’t already, the DJT is a cardboard cutout of himself — hollow at the core, but filled with rage and manipulative powers the world has seen before. He lives in his own made up reality. Like the latest statement that the Puerto Rico FEMA response was a huge success while, at the same time, he was moving $10M out of FEMA’s coffers to build internment camps for children taken from their parents at the Mexican border.

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  2. Notice that “msm” doesn’t talk about the March, 2017 class action suit filed by 850 families & 1500 survivors of 9/11. The suit is against the Saudi government’s complicity in conspiring with Al Quida in the attacks. The 28 pages of relevant 9/11 Commission docs are still classified as top secret by the US Gov.

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