it’s still crystal clear in my mind. i was personal training in 2001 and my days began at 4:30 am. i woke, showered, walked ivan and cabbed it uptown to make my first appointment at 6:00 then another at 7:15. my 9:00 appointment had cancelled that day and i walked down park avenue from 89th street to my place on 55th and 1st, admiring the amazing blue color of the sky.
i had left the television on for Ivan who happily greeted me when i arrived home at several minutes before 9:00 am on september 11th, 2001. as i walked through the living room i saw the tv showing the 1st tower on fire. i thought it must have been a movie. i called my brother who worked right across the street from the wtc. he assured me it was just an accident – a plane had accidentally hit the tower. instinctively i knew it couldn’t be right. the sky was so clear, how could that happen? as he described what to him looked like a ticker tape parade going on outside his window, i just knew this was more than an accident. i saw the 2nd plane on the television at the same instant my brother screamed “i’ve gotta go!” and hung up the phone. it was 2 hours of the worst panic i’ve ever experienced before i heard from him again. he had made it to a ferry boat and was crossing the river heading for nj. he attended 25 funerals in the following weeks.
i have never prayed so hard or cried so hard as i did on that day.
2 of my brothers who serve as volunteer fire fighters in nj came in to help with the rescue efforts along with thousands of others.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein
As New York City removed the final hurdle for a controversial mosque near ground zero, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg forcefully defended the project on Tuesday as a symbol of America’s religious tolerance and sought to reframe a fiery national debate over the project.
. . . “we would betray our values if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else.”
“To cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists — and we should not stand for that,” the mayor said.
Grappling with one of the more delicate aspects of the debate, Mr. Bloomberg said that the families of Sept. 11 victims — some of whom have vocally opposed the project — should welcome it.
“The attack was an act of war — and our first responders defended not only our city but also our country and our Constitution,” he said, becoming slightly choked up at one point in his speech, which he delivered on Governors Island. “We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights — and the freedoms the terrorists attacked.” full article
fear can be an incredibly strong emotion. i am wondering if there is a group trying to ban delis selling knock-wurst in the general vicinity of the wtc site – after all, knock-wurst is german, and hitler was a psychopath, right? and there maybe shouldn’t be any new york owned businesses allowed near the site either because you know timothy mcveigh was raised here and he was a terrorist too – or, does one have to kill more than 168 people in order to warrant a stereotype for people with similar characteristics (ie: being a newyorker)?
and in the
today . . . .
A Chinatown man was convicted yesterday of a macabre murder — strangling a young woman who’d spurned his advances, then sleeping for two days with her corps. article
i suppose we should watch for chinese in the area as well. keep your eyes peeled for any buddhist or taoist temples going up anywhere in the vicinity.
“Stereotypes are devices for saving a biased person the trouble of learning”
may all beings be well, may all beings be happy,
may all beings be free from suffering.