Like most people in the U.S. and around the world, the events of September 11, 2001 were shocking, horrifying, debilitating. Whether we understood the political positions of the perpetrators of the attacks or not, it was incomprehensible that anyone would do what had been done. Here were some thoughts I wrote just a week after that horrible day.
As individuals, do we matter? Are our lives important? Are we special?
The tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001 have taught us in a terribly painful way that each of us matters...our lives truly are important. As we watched television and read news reports about people who are searching for their loved ones, we learned that those who died and who remain missing did, indeed, matter. The people who are mourned by their friends and families probably did not give much thought to whether they were important. They probably didn’t think of themselves as special. But they mattered to the grieving family and friends they left behind. To those who mourn them and to those still searching, they were everything. Their lives did have a purpose. They made a difference. There was someone they touched and someone whose life they changed.
Do we matter? We all matter to someone, something. Our lives are important to those we love and to who love us.