We are once again remembering that tragic day 11 years ago when our country experienced a traumatic act of terror. Every year we seem to need to relive that nightmare and go back to the violence and fear of that terrible day.
What has come to concern me is how it changed us as a nation. Most of those changes have not been positive. Just as our soldiers experience moments of rage, with their post-traumatic stress syndrome, we have yet to get control of our own anger because of that horrible event.
Partisan anger is extremely vicious and divisive. The sense of trust has been replaced by bitterness and suspicion. Muslims are still not accepted as members of our society. Their mosques are not welcomed in communities. Recently, one was burned to the ground in Joplin, Mo. The community of Joplin experienced its own recent trauma, and this event did not help.
As a nation, we need to recover and move forward. We need to start working together on serious problems and put our anger away. It hasn’t solved any problems and has made some much worse. Watching all this evolve into a crippling symbol of who we are is just wrong for America and Americans.
We should never forget what happened that day, but if we don’t make it a part of our past, even in death, Osama bin Laden wins. Light a candle, say a prayer and go volunteer in your community or your church. Make a difference. It will help.