A Time to Mourn, 9/11/11

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance —

                                      Ecclesiastes

On this tenth anniversary of the horror of 9/11/01, we weep. We mourn. May the time for dancing come again –

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12 Responses to A Time to Mourn, 9/11/11

  1. Rebekah says:

    Yes. We weep. The build-up to this anniversary on CNN has been, and is, so that it can’t be avoided … to weep, that is.

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  2. tms says:

    Everyone I talk to – even over here in Europe – remembers where they were at that time and how they learned the news. I was visiting friends in Chicago; we’d just had breakfast and watched TV and we wondered why they showed action movies in the morning. And then it dawned upon us: These were live pictures from New York. The news.
    I very well remember that partly eerie, partly empty feeling that haunted us for days.
    The weekend after 9/11, my American friends married.

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  3. Smallpeace says:

    My husband and I were there in the city that day, two of the fortunate ones to find each other in the chaos, in the confusion. His image of the towers one of the first to be processed for the cover of Time magazine, taken almost absentmindedly as he was shooting another project, then rushing off a rooftop. Alas, so many more poured into the editorial offices that day. Life is so random. Anger so destructive. A decade. A day. It hardly seems to matter. Though we strive, every day, to move forward. Love is all that matters…and some small bit of peace.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Your very home and blog name a talisman: small peace.
      What is possible. And gratitude, enormous gratitude, for it.
      Glad — even ten years afterward — that you found one another and were safe that dreadful day.

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  4. Richard Hauser says:

    On September 11, 2001, Joan was watching the news on television, and called me to see a terrible accident. It wasn’t an accident, and later in the day, after a second plane crashed into the World Trade Center, a plane crashed into the Pentagon, and a plane crashed in Pennsylvania I called my friend, Dan, who lived in Geneva. I didn’t want him to mourn an American tragedy alone. He was glad to hear from me, and we talked about the horror of the death of innocent people, and the shock of an attack on American soil. Dan agreed it was an awful event but said that perhaps America was at fault. He said that the enormous economic disparity between the Moslem world and the U. S. was bound to lead to the events of that day, that America had never done anything to deal with that disparity, and that, perhaps we should have expected sometning of the sort. Ten years later I am still convinced that there is never a moral explanation for murder.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      I stand firmly with you on this, Dick. Three thousand civilians held hostage, murdered, by a handful of egos wanting to spit in the demon America’s eye? Please! That is absurd. And what about the disparity between the Moslem world and, let us say, the Swiss? The bankers of the world? But Indonesians are not doing this. Turks are not doing this. They are Moslems. Dan’s “explanation” explains nothing.
      By those lights (did Dan always have this point of view? I never really knew him well enough) the peoples of, for instance, Africa should be blowing up, not only America, but all of Europe, Japan, Australia, etc etc.

      Oil rich nations, Saudi Arabia leading them, have such fantastic wealth that all their people could be well off — but their Moslem leaders do little for their own Moslem citizens. It was educated middle class Saudis on the whole who blew up Americans who had nothing to do with their lives, and not their own leaders, who in fact might have made a difference. By no stretch of logic can I see America having a responsibility to other nations whose leaders evince no such responsibility for their own. Responsibility to our own citizens — which we are shirking dreadfully, by the way — is another matter.

      Such an explanation — the poor are entitled to blow up the rich — is simplistic in the extreme. It offers no solutions, no attempts at solutions, it only encourages hatred and the vanity of all criminals, for whom their agenda, their ego, their wants override any other thing or person.

      Here endeth the rant!

      But I thank you very much for all your ongoing comments. They are much appreciated.

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  5. Patti Kuche says:

    The quiet poignancy of memories speaks volumes and, in mourning, we celebrate the lives of love we have lost but will love forever.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      The way you put it in your comment, Patti, is very beautiful, because you stress the permanence of the love beyond the presence, or even existence, of the loved one. Everything passes, but love withstands.

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