September 12, 2001 and the decade after

Think back to September 12, 2001. We were in shock. The world was mourning with us. The world, for a moment, knew a bit more about how wrong war was. Remember the posts about Jews and Arabs pulling each other out of the chaos of the explosions -- how much we chose to bounce emails about positive stories to each other? Remember the news covering how someone from almost every nation on earth was murdered in the attack?

On September 12, 2001 most of humanity believed that our species' long history of slaughtering each other was deeply wrong, and that we should come together and make it stop.

Our first, human, reaction to September 11 didn't last. Those who choose violence, on all sides of the politics, won the first decade of the new millennium. In America, Iran, Palestine, Israel and Afghanistan hate is being used to drive politics. There is now more to mourn than September 11, 2001.

Where are our hearts, how do we reach across false boundaries? How do heart-feeling people not get sucked into bickering with haters? How do we keep our hearts open and engage the realities of destructive and manipulative politics at the same time?

I don't have the answers. But I'd love to see a swarm of tiny, individual restorative stories more in the spirit of September 12 than in the decade that followed.

I'm really glad I showed up at the Koran reading yesterday. A few hundred million tiny tiny steps might get us someplace amazing.

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