I was sitting here this morning in complete silence. Thinking of the last 15 years and how we have changed, but then I had to ask myself, did we? Did we really change? That day is the day most people describe as the “Day that changed our Nation”.
For awhile, I believe we changed. We were united for a few years. We were much more accepting, giving, kind and in a sense, more loving toward each other. More likely to lend a hand, or a simple smile. In the last 15 years, we have reverted back to what we were before. If you don’t know what that is or was, take a look at the nightly news.
We failed to truly wake up. It does not matter if you believe the government had a hand in it, or the act perpetrated by Muslim extremists. Real people died that day. They were mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, they were men and women. Everybody I have ever spoken to about 9-11 knows where they were when it happened. They can tell you who they were with when they heard the news, what they were doing, etc. For an event so ingrained in our memories, we have looked past the point, and failed to learn a lesson. The absolute horror of that day should never be forgotten. This is the day, our “Freedoms” were turned against us.
The Firefighters, Police, Port Authority, and all other first responders rushed in when all others were rushing out. They went in to a burning building to save “civilians”. Not just the Polish white people, or the Afro- Americans, or the Latino Americans, but civilians. They sacrificed their lives to save others. Civilians they did not know, maybe some not worthy, but it was the duty they signed up for, the public they swore an oath to protect, they sacrificed their lives in Honor. It was the choice they made.
We continue to have an opinion about sports stars that don’t stand for the National Anthem, or flag burners, or protesters of any kind. We have failed to see what came before us, again, those that sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. In many other countries, speaking your mind, or dissidence of any kind is worthy of execution. America is one of the few places on earth where we can vocalize our “opinions” and “beliefs” without fear of retribution. It is a choice every man and women is free to make.
In no way is America perfect, we have far more problems than solutions. With that said, we also have far more opportunity. Opportunity to change things, opportunity to learn, opportunity to succeed, simply because others sacrificed we have an opportunity to choose. With the playing of the National Anthem, we can choose to stand, or kneel in protest. We choose the oaths we take, and the oaths we break. We choose to hate, love, unite, or stay divided. We choose to speak out or stay silent. We choose to fight or forget. At the start of each new day, we choose to wake up, or stay asleep.
Good morning, what is your choice?