As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
As the 18th anniversary of 9/11 passes, memories are ignited as well as the question of why? The question of why becomes one that is anxiety provoking, revolving to continue to ask why? Why did this tragedy occur? As I take the time to reflect, I am grateful for the many instagram posts that revealed how a generation that is now maturing remembers, and honors the memorials of 9/11. Children, those that were too young to understand, or not even born then, will probably not feel the same emotional affects. We can trace these thoughts back to history, historical events, or previous wars that took place, when we ourselves were not born. Monuments stand today for remembrances, specific days are allocated for the purposes of reminders. We learn of these events through lessons in schools, stories that are shared, or any other avenue that shares information.
In a similar way: this is how we could also understand those who do not feel the same emotional affect arising from the tragedy of 9/11. We really can't expect someone to feel the same, however; as humans we should understand when the human characteristics of sympathy and empathy are to be utilized. Even when we think outside the contexts of 9/11, it could be religious celebrations, traditions and so on. This is where we would also offer a learning / teachable moment to those who cannot relate to 9/11.
Instead of feeling an expectancy to feel a certain way, simply just be respectful. Respect 9/11. Whilst the question of why does remain, religious and political tensions too, we have to remember that innocent families lost their loved ones. Survivors suffer through the trauma to this very day. A nation and a world was shaken. Individuals who had nothing to do with any political or religious tension, argument or why, were affected. As with the many wars, or mistakes that could have prevented wars, we can't turn back how the events unfolded, or even the responses. But we can be respectful.