Lest We Forget

IT WAS the tenth anniversary of 9/11 yesterday (AUS time). But was it an anniversary? No, it was a remembrance.

Seeing so many news and footage about 9/11 over the past week, I feel like I am reminded, once again, that there are people in the other end of the world who suffer greatly – haunted by the past that makes them feel guilty to sleep, eat, drink or laugh.

The past that makes them feel guilty to have survived.

Yet during one of the darkest hour in history, I also find – hope.

102 minutes to live

“They started as cries for help and became the last human sounds and messages to leave the World Trade Centre. This is a compilation of the scores of telephone messages and emails from the trapped and dying in the last 102 minutes in the life of the doomed twin towers. To place these fragmentary messages in context, family members, friends and colleagues of those who died were interviewed. The evidence suggests that 1100 or more people in or above the impact zones survived the initial crashes. Many of those lived until their building collapsed. Here are their final words and actions.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/102-minutes-to-live-20110909-1k26p.html#ixzz1XhF2c03t

Not only reading news, movies have also been made on 9/11.

“Of the four aircraft hijacked that day, United 93 was the only one that did not reach its target. It crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03am. No one survived.”

“9/11 showed us what human beings are capable of. The evil, yeah, sure. But it also brought out the goodness we forgot could exist. People taking care of each other for no other reason than it was the right thing to do. It’s important for us to talk about that good, to remember. ‘Cause I saw all of it that day.”

Remember, Randy Pausch once said, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

And that’s what matters.


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