I am hesitant to post this because I don’t want to be misunderstood, but here goes:
The movie “World Trade Center” is being released today.
This gave me pause to consider my current state of mind on the events of 9-11.
How do I feel about this? I have been able to make my peace with this tragedy. I am comfortably numb (sorry Pink Floyd). I am not saying I’m complacent about the whole thing, but I have managed to defensively cordon off my mind from dwelling on this too much. I have even managed to forgive the misguided humans who believed they were doing the right thing by flying airplanes into populated buildings. Forgiveness implies excusing someone for a trespass they committed against you personally. I was not impacted directly, but I can forgive for crimes against humanity, of which club I am a member.
How can I do this? Forgive this kind of evil?
I am a lapsed Catholic, but I feel very strongly about Christ’s lessons on love. We don’t know what kinds of tortures or brainwashing the terrorists went through to drive them to such desperate measures. This is not excusing them. I said “forgive” not “forget”. Had these men survived the attacks, they should have been punished to the fullest extent of the law!
I guess what this all leads to is that we have two choices in life. We can either eat ourselves up from the inside with hate, or we can try to understand a situation and release it to preserve our health and sanity. We can learn how to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. But dwelling on a tragedy from a hate standpoint can only cause further destruction for both sides.
Dwelling is not the same as remembering. Let us remember all of the victims, dead and alive. Let us mourn them appropriately.
You may choose to hate these terrorists and I would certainly understand that. I am merely saying that you are the one who is going to have to carry that load around.
So I probably will not see the movie. I have made my peace. I don’t need Hollywood’s version to make me feel better or worse.
Health and happiness to you!