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On the Eve of Its 8th Anneversary...

I was still a kid. I couldn't understand it at the time. I was in my 5th grade class when we heard. The teachers heard first and they all silently turned their TVs to the news shortly before the second plane hit. I remember the sight of that explosion, the images of people running, the look of sadness and fear on their faces. Parents had been picking up their kids for hours previous to this and there were very few kids remaining in the room. I didn't know why but I was shaking at the time. It wasn't fear or anger but the intense need to do something. My parents came and picked me and my sister up from school. They tried to explain it during the car ride home, I couldn't understand. Now I guess I can, I've seen more of the world, I've seen how fortunate I truly have been. All I know is I don't want something like this to be repeated ever again. That's all, I know there is more I could say but I can't find the words or the way to say them, I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with this: Don't ever forget the human tragedy.

Zer0 Zer0 18-21 2 Responses Sep 10, 2009

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Ah, that is true: Neither side is able to understand each other, tell me isn't that sad? Neither side could reason it out with the other, tell me isn't that pitiful? That the world is that way and yet we accept it, tell me is that truly acceptable? That's why I said "the human tragedy" not "this human tragedy". What happened that day cannot be blamed on any single group or individual, it was all of us, the blood is on all of our hands. We've been fools. Allow me to warn you regarding how you respond to this, if you do so without understanding you are simply repeating the same mistakes.

No matter how old you get, it will never be understandable, reasonable, or acceptable.