The above words came to me in the near aftermath of a horrific
tragedy that defies true communication on a verbal or written level to this very day. I use these
words frequently as an email signature, and offer them to you now as my gift, in the spirit of remembrance they
seek to foster.
Unfortunately, the towers continue to fall, and will do so, I fear, for a very long time
to come. It was "the madness of hate" that possessed a man named Osama bin Laden to later supposedly claim there
"were no innocents" in the World Trade Center that awful September morning. A virulently contagious
disease, hate is the one true "weapon of mass destruction" in this world. The infected often seek "vengeance" and "justice"
as a cure, but those remedies only hold the symptoms in check, and rather poorly, at that. There is only one real
cure, and that is a liberal and often quite difficult application of "love" and "forgiveness."
Bin Laden reportedly acted hoping to incite a conflagration in the Middle East that could
in turn be fanned into a true jihad against the objects of his own personal hate. It often seems to me
these days that his plan is proceeding quite well, shepherded along in his absence by others he infected that fateful late
Mohandas Gandhi knew, understood and praised the pragmatic value of the Christian admonishment
to "turn the other cheek." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to show us the true difference between darkness and light.
Christ told us to love one another, over all else. Throughout time, this message has been handed to us, again and again,
and we in our turn have slaughtered the messenger, rather than give up our precious hate.
The entire world was assaulted on September 11, 2001, not just with hijacked airliners, but with
an age-old sickness....
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