A 9/11 Reflection

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American Greatness, by Wayne Isaac, September 11, 2018:

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum are deeply ugly. Those two gaping pits, a vision of the abyss, mar that tragic earth. Like gashes that never healed, but rather festered into black necrosis, the 9/11 memorial reveals a sickness; a sickness not of the body but of the soul.

That day changed America in ways we still do not fully understand. Seventeen years on, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fester, much like the gaping wounds that mark their beginning. The national unity in the wake of the attacks collapsed quickly. And today the cracks in our national foundation are more obvious than ever.

If we are to make sense of all this, we must still grapple with the meaning of that day and of its consequences. We must still mourn the dead.

But there is a healthy and unhealthy way of honoring the victims of evil and terror. There is a way that points to hope and life and another which mires itself in pointlessness and suffering.

The 9/11 memorial represents the latter. They corrode the psyche and the soul. They sicken the viewer and turn his eyes from what is good toward what is dying and decrepit.

Architecture reveals the spirit. And the spirit revealed by the 9/11 memorials and the museum is one of despair, death, and hopelessness. Take the museum. It sinks into the earth, swallowing the visitor into a sealed crypt. It is a descent into Hell. Here, above the very place where you now stand thousands died in sudden and terrible ways. The bleak, dark, concrete pit around you is barren save for twisted wreckage and scenes of death and destruction.

The museum is an obscenity. There is no hope there, no redemption, nothing to assuage the viewer’s soul. No way for him to turn his eyes to heaven. Indeed, even the names of the dead on the plaques in the museum are marked not by crosses—the Christian symbol of hope and resurrection—but by falling leaves. This rich and powerful symbol of hope and redemption ignored for a symbol of hopeless death and a coming cold dark oppression.

The museum is an endless grave—the inside of the abyss represented by the gaping holes on the surface.

A spiritually healthy country would not have built such a monstrosity. It would have created something along the lines of a proposal I heard many years ago.

The proponent was a common man from the heartland, which, I suspect, is the reason his suggestion was devoid of the embodied nihilism we actually constructed. His proposal was this: Instead of leaving two giant pits as a reminder of the dead, we ought to have rebuilt the Twin Towers over their old foundations in exact replica save one detail—we ought to have added an additional floor to each building. This addition should have been built of gold and inscribed with the names of the fallen. Therefore, when the sun hit the towers, the top floor would shine with a golden light—a halo for the dead.

As the proposer understood, such a monument would have captured the American spirit. It would have represented hope, respect, and, most important, life! Out of the ashes would have come something even greater—a memorial to the dead that, instead of sinking into the abyss, reached back up to the heavens.

A healthy America would have built that memorial. Instead, we engineered a monument to despair. That ought to give us pause. On this 9/11, therefore, we all should grapple not only with the tragedy but with our response to it.

We must confront our sickness of the soul.

2 thoughts on “A 9/11 Reflection

  1. Sir you have the right to say as you wish, but you are dead wrong! We DO honor and respect our dead and have every year since that terrible day!!! I lost a dear friend that day there! All the liberal lefters have done is continue to tear at what happened that day…an attack on us: America and We, the People! Some vowed to rebuild in honor and strengthen to America but some slide into the despair you are sprouting! I am ashamed of your lack of honor to America, the people that died and the ability of Americans to rebound.
    * In case you do not know it, it was the people that OWNED the ground, the buildings and had the funding- having taken out massive insurance policies on the buildings, BEFORE they came down, that decided on the designs and what the memorial would be!!!!—NOT Americans!!!! They were democrats and leftist evil! They BANKED thier fortunes on what happened and the death of our people! (check it out and find the truth)!
    Granted, because of that day, those of you that are against America, who we are and what we built in this nation, have pushed anti-Americanisms, leftist socialist rubbish and fail to see that it is YOU on the left and the Democrats that allowed such a terrible thing to happen to our great nation! Wake up and shake off the evil that has set in your bones and stand with the patriots who are determined that this nation shall NOT perish! We want you on the left to wake up and see how unpatriotic you are! Clean out your minds and hearts of the rubbish that sits there! Come Unite with the rest of Americans again and help make this nation strong, because until we do, it will weaken more and that is when the evil will crush us ALL because of your apathy, and indifference to our Constitution, founding, faith in God and justice! But most of all we must find a way to honor each other again, the descendants of the hard working people who fought so hard for a free nation where we can live decently, have faith in God and be the Greatest nation in the world for a good reason!.
    HOW, how can you lefters be so foolish as to NOT believe in the Constitution, our heritage and history and what America was and IS meant to be????!! IF YOU lefters, anti-Americans, illegals, muslims and such want to destroy us, then LEAVE! IF WE ALL DO NOT UNITE again and stop pushing this rubbish of taking down our country…you can guarantee there will be another Civil War in this country- as the Patriots will NOT let you people trash what is God given and right, into the ground and neither will HE!!! Remember that!
    IT IS NOT THE STYLE OF THE MEMORIAL OR THE BUILDING THAT REPLACED THE TWO TOWERS, IT IS WHAT HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF SOME PEOPLE!
    SOME HAVE LOOKED FOR FAILURE, BUT MORE OF US HAVE LOOKED FOR THE STRENGTH WE ONCE HAD, WHEN WE WERE NOT A DIVIDED COUNTRY! HOW ABOUT WE ALL PULL TOGETHER AND SHOW THE WORLD THE GRIT IS STILL IN ALL OF US AND THIS IS OUR NATION AND WE WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND…..!!!!.
    HOW…HOW HAVE ANY OF YOU NOT STUDIED WHAT ISLAM IS AND WHO MUSLIMS ARE! LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING WORLDWIDE BECAUSE OF THEM AND OTHERS THAT WANT TO SEE AMERICA IN DUST!!!! GOD BLESS US AGAIN AND OPEN OUR EYES TO THE FACT THAT WE ARE HIS CHILDREN AND THIS WAS HIS NATION UNTIL SATAN STEPPED INTO IT AND DECIDED TO RUIN US AND DIVIDE US! ARE WE GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN?..DO WE HAVE TO FIGHT EACH OTHER AGAIN OR DO WE UNITE AND STAND AGAINST THE EVIL AND FOR THE GOOD WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO IN THE WORLD WITH PROFOUND STRENGTH, PATRIOTISM AND FAITH IN GOD!

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