In this article, I reflect on the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks. This article examines what we can hope to learn from it.
Everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. It seems strange that an incident so vivid in my memory occurred thirteen years ago.
This was a crisis that shook the world. It reminded us that humans are capable of great cruelty. For many young people in my generation, this was perhaps the first time that the hatred, chaos, and violence that exists in the world became apparent.
However, by its definition – a crisis is a turning point when an important change takes place. While 9/11 was shocking to any decent person with even the faintest flicker of empathy, a positive message can come from this. We saw people come together to offer their support, the bravery of the fire-fighters, policemen and paramedics risking – and in some cases losing – their lives to save others. People from around the world set aside their cultural differences to express their solidarity.
I was prompted to write this article when, on my commute back from London, there was a bomb threat at London Bridge railway station, which lead to an evacuation of the station. I wasn’t a witness to the threats that were being made, but the closure affected my journey.
Perhaps by remembering 9/11, we can try to make a positive change. Rather than just remembering just the horror and the hatred, we can focus on the knowledge that people come together in times of need. Maybe we can all take a moment to adjust our attitudes, to be less reactive, and to try to be more kind to others.