Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

What does 9/11 mean to me?

It is now over a decade past the event now known as 9/11.  Like many, I was at my job that morning, only to hear about the event unfolding from others.  But once told, like millions of others, I spent periods of that morning viewing the TV newscasts at every chance I got.  As it turns out, I was watching one of the live broadcasts when the second plane hit the other Trade Center Tower.  It was a morning of confusion, disbelief, fear, and anger, for the millions of others far removed from the sites.  This feeling was only intensified as news spread about the Pentagon and then later what would become known as Flight 93.

Today, looking back, I believe we did see acts of heroism and selfless disregard for ones own safety, in efforts to save the lives of others.  Though most of the stories I believe are true, I do feel there have been some creative liberties taken with some of the stories, to build them up in an effort to make them more news worthy.   But regardless, some of the best in people came out on that day, and makes it memorable in it’s own right, for those efforts.

What concerns me though is how the politicians use events like these to help shape public opinion.  Leaders including religious leaders around the world, have the ability to shape people’s desires and actions through speeches and talks that work on the emotional state of mind of the listener.  These can be the catalyst for both great and horrible acts.  All one needs to do is look back through history and see that some of the greatest impacts to cultures have been the ability of a single person, to drive a complete society into action.

Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Buddha, Confucius, Aristotle, Euclid, Moses are a few of the best known names of individuals who through a single persons words and actions hit the emotional core of those around them while alive and millions upon millions of lives after they were gone.  Each of these individuals spoke of great ideals to improve how people should live together.  Each of these individuals are known for attempting to help people live better lives in cooperation with all others.  It is said when their words are twisted into emotional weapons used to inflect pain and suffering on others and used to justify those very actions.

For those who think this is not the case, you only need to look into names such as Gingas Kon, Adolf Hitler, Ivan Vasilyevich,  Mao Tse-tung, Genghis Khan, to name a few.  Here too are individuals who through their words and actions caused millions of lives to be horribly extinguished.  They did not accomplish this with their own hands, but through their ability to control the emotional thoughts of others to inspire them to take suggested actions in what they had been convinced were justified and for the better good of ‘their’ society.  For those who think religious leaders have not done the same look into history of the Roman Catholic Inquisition as one example.  A more recent religious event being that of 9/11, inspired by those who justified the actions as being justified under Muslim teachings, those no one has been able to point out where those teaching are?

So, we all must use the intellect each of us have been given to weed through the words of those who would lead, to ensure the outcomes never end up generating what will be seen in history as evil.

The right to defend does not automatically equate, to the right to attack.  The good of the many does not justify the deaths of others because they live in a given society.  But, we do always retain the right to prevent others from inflicting harm.  It in determining what is the definition of harm that we sometimes get into trouble.

 

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September 11, 2011 - Posted by | Communication, thinking, thoughts | ,

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