Friday, September 9, 2011

Ten Years After


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

9-11-01 -- I was working at The Community Library when the second plane hit the Twin Towers. The library didn't officially open until noon that day, so we all went over to the home of Ollie Cossman, the library director, to watch the events unfold on television. It was a sad morning, and as we watched, we all couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen to our country.

It's 10 years after. Do we really know?

This is what we do know: For the last 10 years, America has been at war. Our economy has crashed. Wall Street and the financial structure of the nation have fallen. Millions of people are out of work. Bin Laden is dead.

Did revenge cloud our judgment? Did the horror of that day plunge us into darkness? Are we better off today?

I'm asking because I really don't know. I don't know what went on behind closed doors in Washington, D.C. I just followed the news and witnessed the events of the decade as you have. Many people claim they do know what went on. I believe only a few really did and only a few really know today. That's really all I know.

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I do find it odd that the wealthy and powerful corporations are still wealthy and powerful in spite of the country's debt of trillions of dollars. In a crises inspired by revenge, it seems that the crème de la crème remained untouched while the rest of bore the brunt of bad fortune. It seems that throughout history it has always been that way. But what do I really know?

How have we gotten through this last decade of darkness? We got through it like every other obstacle we have endured in our lives. We knew that life could be wonderful and that life could be cruel. We revel in the good times and bear down and survive when all seems to be lost. So, how do we endure?

We endure with time. Time seems to soften the horror. Even broken hearts eventually mend. No one said it was going to be easy. Hug your loved ones and hold on. Let's see what the next decade holds for us. We need time. Maybe we're all due for some times that are good ... next time.

Nice talking to you.




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