Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Revisiting 9/11

As long as I live, I will never forget that day. The horror and shock of it all will be forever etched in my brain. I was a daycare teacher with a classroom of one-year-olds. I had already been working for an hour or two when news of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center was brought to my classroom by a float teacher. We were stunned that such an accident should happen, but work went on as usual. Shortly thereafter the same teacher came back in the room and told us a second plane had hit the other twin tower. As we stood contemplating the odds, the same teacher came in a third time and told us the Pentagon had also been hit. It was at that moment we had to admit to ourselves that someone had plotted this savage attack on American soil.

Feelings of panic and overwhelm set in as I contemplated the number of people that might have been in the building that day. News reports continued to show pictures of the second plane hitting, the burning buildings, and their ultimate collapse, which added to the heaviness of my heart. There was so much pain at the thought of the death and destruction. The whole world stood back in shock and grief over the events of that day.

It took well over a year for me to look at a plane overhead and not see a savage weapon. I accepted "the facts" as the government laid them out, never questioning the official story. I believed that the United States was being attacked by a foreign terrorist and that it was important for our safety to find that terrorist wherever he chose to hide and bring him to justice.

I didn't not want to believe that someone inside my own country might have had reason to commit such an atrocity. I wanted to believe that the people in charge were a lot like me--basically good but making mistakes along the way. The fact of the matter is, I was not at a point in my life where I was willing to look at truth.

Truth never changes. It never goes away even though we choose to ignore it. As time went on, I began to question other subjects where the facts did not add up--topics that were not quite as insidious as 9/11 that were easier for my mind to handle. After quite a few years, there came a day when I was ready to admit there might be more to the 9/11 story than I had been willing to see at the time it happened.

Some of the most compelling evidence came from a group called Architects and Engineers For 9/11 Truth. A video they put out entitled, "Solving The Mystery Of Building Seven" held some intriguing information that was largely left out of the whole 9/11 puzzle. It focused on World Trade Center 7, which also collapsed that day even though no planes hit it and falling debris from the twin towers did not overwhelm it (as they fell in their own footprints). The brief documentary makes a good case for WTC 7 coming down in a controlled demolition.
Part of the reason the group put this particular video out is to point out that building 7 collapsed within its own footprint at freefall speeds--just as the Twin Towers did. It uses experts witnesses to explain how the government's story has a good many holes in it. It uses sound logic--at least for those who have enough courage to finally confront truth.

It's been several years since I have had the fortitude to look at the truth of that day. While the facts were hard for me to accept, they have also brought me a curious new freedom. I broke out of my programmed little box and allowed myself to ask new questions and see new information.

Even though I understand there is great evil in the world, I also know there is great goodness. We all have the power to tap into this goodness and use it to improve the world around us. It is not an easy process, nor is it a quick one. However, little by little, we are beginning to change the outcomes. By tapping into our awareness and seeking out new information, we are starting to have the upper hand. We are exposing the evil to our light every day, forcing it out into the open. At some point, the evil will be overwhelmed by the transparency and will no longer be able to hide.

In many respects, 9/11 woke me up to my role in allowing evil to take hold of the world through my denial of its existence. It has forced me to stand up and take responsibility for what has happened and  allowed me to shine my personal light on truth.

Life's greatest lessons often result from terrible tragedy. As we revisit and remember the tragedy of 9/11, may we appreciate the fact that it has become an amazing catalyst for change. May it continue to help us evolve into a people of light, peace and love.


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