Monday, September 11, 2006

Five years later

Today is the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. There has been a lot said and written about the event. The events of that fateful day five years ago have profoundly changed the lives of every American, and perhaps every person in the world, whether we like it or not. As I look back on what has happened over the last five years, I am not sure we are any safer today than we were before. But I think that there is a greater sense of community and unity among Americans, despite our divisiveness over the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a catastrophic event to remind us what is most important. Hopefully we can stay focused on the essential aspects of life, such as community and good will, so that when the next disaster comes we are more prepared.