But nobody knows what it was like, feels how it felt, unless they were there, unless we had experiencing that historical event in the first person.
Shock, horror, fear, disbelief.
New Yorkers living it, Pennsylvanians living it, Washington DC folks living it – their recollection of history, different than anyone else’s.
They were there. Not watching from afar, they were reacting, responding, losing friends, losing family or losing themselves. They’ll never forget. We can never know they’re history, never know it as they knew it, as they recall it …
History, derived from the Greek work ἱστορία, which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’. By that definition, we were not historians of that September 11th day when we saw most horrific reality television ever. Memory, books, Google searches – recorded events – offer context. Background. Technology helps. Records of when and where. No longer is history a mystery, just look it up.
But, is history accurate?
History gets distorted. Not by ill-intentioned historians, but by media, spin, political spin and our own faulty recollections/perceptions.
14th anniversary – 9/11 terrorist attack, killed 2,996 people, destroyed $10 billion in buildings/infrastructure. Imprinted memory/history. Riveted to radios, computers and TVs, we remember where we were, what we saw, when we learned.
Not that we should stop someone’s faith, philosophy or viewpoint – but we have to understand how to stop their destruction. Does understanding history help?
We understand the what.
We know who was behind it.
Still, Al Queda, ISIS and others persist.
Who understands their fire, what fuels it or how to stop it?
What really happened?
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 8C/46F, clear and breezy, traffic humming and streets busy – Gusta seemed incredibly focused on finding ‘just the right place’ to do her business. I often wonder, with all that sniffing, if she’s looking for a completely odor free spot to mark with her scent or if she’s in search of something lingering – either her own, or some other critter’s?
This is THE attitude - face the negative, but think/ stay with the positive. Some/ a lot of harshness outside already, self-attrition is absolutely wasted . Not a slogan, just a "Have To" way to let our stay easier, especially, when it is not that easy. I always talk with myself that "If you do not want or can not die, you had better try to stay better." What is "That Better" about? Only you can authorize it a definition. Stay is definitely more heroic than Die. We are heroes already, so what to fear ;-) . , JH, Calgary, AB
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