Hate is a dead thing. Who of you would be a tomb? – Rumi
Today is September 11 2010, 9 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center. I was an eye witness to the attacks on the World Trade Center. I was living in New York and was in Greenwich Village that morning. I was leaving a building and someone came though the door and told me a plane had just hit Tower 1. Yeah right, was my thought, Sure, as I headed out the door. When I reached the corner I saw a crowd of people gathered watching the black smoke spew from the giant, airplane-shaped hole at the top of Tower 1. As we were watching suddenly a plane came from the back and exploded into Tower 2. A huge fire plume burst forth and people started screaming. I just stood riveted, I could not believe it. People were screaming and crying. But the strange part is, some people actually left the crowd and headed for work, they were so caught into their schedules, they didn’t understand the magnitude of what had just happened. I headed straight for the train and caught the last running trains home to Brooklyn, right before they shut down. When I reached Brooklyn, someone on the street told me Tower 2 had collapsed. Yeah right I thought, only to find out they were again, right. Everyone who went to work, was forced to walk home that day, through the smoke and ashes. One thing I realized instantly was that this attack came from Hate, that it was hatred that caused it, nothing less. I knew at that moment and continue to know it, that hate cannot be solved with hate, that what was needed was reconciliation and urgent problem solving.
As we all know, this was not what happened and we are still engaged in pointless wars, in invasive, destructive surveillance, over this disaster.
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I deeply believe the message I learned from seeing what I saw 13 years ago, and it was a profound experience.
“One thing I realized instantly was that this attack came from Hate, that it was hatred that caused it, nothing less. I knew at that moment and continue to know it, that hate cannot be solved with hate.” You cannot solve or accomplish anything with Hate, I believe that. It may seem so because it is brute force, but this is not true. You cannot solve anything with hate. It causes wreckage, destruction. It springs from Fear, and fear is Weakness.
No one knows that lesson better, than one who has seen the wide-spread hatred spewed all over Topix. The site facilitates, supports and protects hatred, its one of the main motivations behind it, hate as a method of coercion. Hate for profit. Yet, you see the weakness and fear behind it. Winston Churchill saw it too, behind the “power” of dictators, as he said here:
“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”
Love is stronger and more powerful.
Empathy is the answer. Love for our Country. Care for other human beings, the empathetic instinct, its how we have survived so long on this Earth. Lets work, and it takes work, to keep it that way.