9/11, The Age of Maturity

It’s very symbolic that Ukraine clocked up such massive wins precisely on the anniversary of the day when the Western civilization was severely injured 21 years ago.

Today that terrible trauma reached the age of maturity. Because of this wound, our civilization lost its sense of rightness and its belief in its own goodness. It lost the certainty that it deserves to survive. It forgot about its incredible achievements and concentrated on picking endlessly on the scab of its mistakes. It tried to shut down its own economy, castrate itself, and glue its mouth shut.

But the Western civilization is bigger and stronger than even the worst trauma. Today it has begun its rebirth. That rebirth comes accompanied by solidarity, the knowledge of what matters, and the need to achieve, create, and overcome.

Things are getting better. We live in the time of amazement. Let’s remember that because if we don’t, that won’t honor those who died before they could see this day.

3 thoughts on “9/11, The Age of Maturity

  1. Thank you Clarissa

    I live in Britain and if anyone asked me where and when I would rather live apart from here, the answer is nowhere.

    There ate several places I would be equally happy having been born into at the same time (Canada, New Zealand, USA, Australia, France, Belgium, Germany – basically the western democracies) but nowhere that is better.

    We are living in the most amazing part of history, with the least poverty, greatest opportunities and highest standard of living.

    Due to other considerations, it was only at midday that I remembered today was 11th September, but I continue to grieve with those affected, whilst realising that the world today can continue to get better.

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    1. This is absolutely true. People keep nitpicking on the bad stuff but never notice the amazing things that surround them. Yesterday, for instance, I saw a photo online of kids riding their bikes in a suburban subdivision in the 1980s with the caption “We didn’t know we’d be the last generation to live like this.” As I read it, I heard happy shrieks of kids riding their bikes in my suburban subdivision. People really like to feel sorry for themselves.

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      1. We don’t even live in a suburban subdivision. But it is a dead-end street, so the kids still get to ride their bikes.

        Still… they don’t get to go nearly as far as I did at the same age. We’re surrounded by shoulder-less highways where everybody drives very fast :/

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