One year ago today:
!2 years ago today:
Never, NEVER forget.
Today we still ask for your prayers, for all who still grieve and all who still remember.
I was scared senseless and sitting safe and sound in a cubicle in Canton Massachusetts praying to a gawd I didn’t even believe in… Wishing that I could just trade places.
Forget? Never. Forgive? Never. Intimidated? ROTFL.
Each year, on the 11th of September, we pause to remember the horror of that day in 2001.
On September 11th in 2006, however, a unique tribute began. One that involved over 3,000 bloggers. Rather than mentioning the killers (which the mainstream media seems to have limited themselves to), bloggers chose to remember the victims.
This year, I’m proud to announce that Grand Rants will be participating in this year’s remembrance. On September 11th, we will be remembering individuals by writing about them here. In my case, it will be rather personal as I will be writing about two wonderful people I had the privilege to know.
I’d like to invite you all to visit us on that date, as we “re-humanize” the term “9/11” by introducing you to people who, without warning, became part of the most horrific incident to take place on our soil.
This world-wide blogging event is being coordinated by Dale Challener Roe who is still seeking additional bloggers to participate in this event. If you are a blogger, or if you have a web site, I’d like to invite you to join in Dale’s effort to make sure each one of the 2,996 victims of September 11, 2001 is properly remembered.
This has been a particularly difficult year for Americans, what with the economy and uncertainty about the future. However, it’s times like these that bring us together as one. This is one of those times where we can make a strong and symbolic gesture to the families of the victims and, indeed, to the rest of the world: “We haven’t forgotten… and we never will.”
Come join us on 9/11, won’t you?
If you would like to know how you can participate with your blog and/or web site, click here for more information.
on behalf of Grand Rants and Project 2,996
Take a look at the “Resources and References” links below and to the right. Browse through the “Significant Terrorist Incidents 1961 – 2003“. No really, take your time. Now think of the pathetic legacies of Tim McVeigh and Jim Jones. And of course there’s the insane horror of 9/11. With that as a backdrop, what are we going to do as a culture?
Let me backtrack… Many moons ago, I was a struggling engineering student. Where others (far more gifted than I) could attend class and lab and do quite well, I had to relentlessly pester my teaching assistants for help. The T.A.s were folks working on their Masters in Electrical Engineering and were brilliant. They weren’t bright, they were brilliant. (They were the guys who thought Algebra and Trig were childish, and Calculus III was a sodden exercise into the intuitively obvious.) I remember three teacher assistants in particular – two were friends from India and one (Jim) was a local guy.
And as the labs grew longer, the inevitable debates concerning God grew hotter. One camp couldn’t beleive anyone could be crazy enough to believe that a being could be crucified and then rise, and the other questioned how there could be “levels of existence.” And so it went. Each had their ancient sacred texts, and each had their own “obviously true” explanations. There were no allegories involved. This was a knock down drag out fight between geniuses each armed with his own proof.
That was when I began to question the objective ability to understand the “Mind of God”. How was it three geniuses could be so silly? Many years later I was to “armchair study” astronomy and get just the slightest glimpse of the magnitude of the universe… Ummm… “Sacred Texts” don’t quite pass muster. In fact, if anything, they’re rather insulting in the grand scheme of things.
So here’s where we’re at as I see it.
And where does all this leave us? It leaves us in a world increasingly populated with folks earning their Masters and PhDs in things like Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics who are thoroughly convinced that they understand “The Mind of God”. Ultimately, a few will act on those convictions, and when just one of them does, he will make the insanity of McVeigh, Jones, and the beasts of 9/11 look anemic.
Sorry guys… I’m an engineer. I went to school with some of these religious ideologue types… We need to put religion behind us post haste.