Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 A Different Way of Looking At It

Each year on this date we should take a moment to remember; not just the folks lost on 9/11, but those to whom we owe our freedoms.

Increasingly though, I’ve been thinking that the absolute silliness we see in the public arena and the attention we pay it does not honor those who have sacrificed so much.

The waste of time, money, energy, good people and power is appalling. I’m not pulling for elephants or donkeys—although I’ve been called both at various times, deservedly and not—I’m simply saying…enough…we deserve better, but we’ve unfortunately been getting what we deserve because we are getting what we pay attention to, the extremes.

Democracy is messy, I get that. As Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

So, if we want to honor democracy, if we want to honor America, let’s step away from the extremes. Let’s step closer to the middle where things actually get done, where public discourse is not like an argument on a kindergarten playground.

If we really want to honor 9/11 and its deeper meaning let’s stop facing each other. Let’s turn together, en mass, towards the opportunities and threats we see.  

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