it's difficult to even know how to start a post on a day like today. the emotions that are stirred up by those two numbers are overwhelming even to me--i cannot imagine what it must be like for those directly affected by the events of that day. maybe it's the blessing of distance from the situation that allows me to feel this way, but i think it's important for us--as americans rightfully touched by a sense of patriotism in the memory of those who have fallen--to remember that there is a difference between pride and hubris. we are blessed to live in the place that we do and it's all well and good to be happy and proud of that fact. but in the end, regardless of gender, race, color or creed, we are all human beings, and to be an american should afford us no more earthly privileges than even those who wish us harm. i hope that we can all appreciate that the tragedy of that awful day five years ago can still be an opportunity for unification and growth, not just for america, but for all of our brothers and sisters. i leave you with a wilco song that seems especially appropriate for today. it's a faithful rendition of a 1969 song by charles wright & the watts 103rd street rhythm band (you can find the original here)
wilco : "comment (if all men are truly brothers)"
from the album kicking television : live in chicago (2005)
a child was born yesterday
nothing but an innocent babe
someone sowed a bitter seed
oh how could he grow but a bitter weed?
society how can you teach
if you don't practice what you preach?
if all men are truly brothers
why then can't we love one another?
love, and peace, from ocean to ocean
somebody please, second my emotion
if all men were born to be free
what about you? what about me?
this world is filled with hate
there's nothing left
if you enslave me, you'll only hurt yourself