I have so many mixed throughs about 9-11-2001 now 19 years later.
It really hurt when it happened.
Where I grew up in Skillman, NJ, I could see the World Trade Center on a clear day from the top.of Grandview Road.
It wasn’t that far away as the crow flies.
When I would go with my parents to New York City on the New Jersey Turnpike often to go to a place like the American Museum of Natural History, the World Trade Center made me know we were getting close.
Having the Twin Towers fall and having such a brutal and symbolic terrorist attack really hurt.
Especially since I was in a major depression already after a manic episode in the summer of 2001.
But, nineteen years later the legacy of 9-11 just saddens and frightens me.
The eroding of civil liberties with the absurdly named Patriot Act.
A larger security state with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and more funding to the National Security Agency and other similar departments.
Even more tension with the Islamic world, which has helped cause the rise of the Islamic State. Destabilizing Iraq with an unnecessary and endless war helped that happen too.
And still being in a quagmire of endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan for 19 years now.
In this challenging year, so many lives have been affected by horrendous leadership in the Coronavirus pandemic.
The world was with us and wanted us to heal in 2001.
The legacy of our response has made the world worse.
I can’t tell you how much this saddens me.
Thousands of lives were lost and so many more were affected in the horrific tragedy 19 years ago.
So many more lives have been lost since in endless war.
We can and must do better to make the world a kinder and gentler place.