When I got in my vehicle today to drive to work, I casually looked at my smart phone and got slapped in the face.
I looked at the time and in bold digital letters, the phone showed, "9:11." on 9-11.
I had already noted the significance of the date but the time showed a stark reminder of how our psyche and lives changed on that date in 2001.
Getting on an airplane would never be the same process again.
Going through some kind of security checkpoint would never be the same.
Heck, even our decision on which shoes to wear to the airport (easy to get on and off) would be different.
The jobs that firemen and first-responders do became more appreciated.
We discovered then, and have since, how small the world is and how connected we are in diverse and complex manners. And in that small world, we realized anew the philosophical chasms.
We found out, while our everyday lives are safe and technologically advanced in many ways, how vulnerable we are and how precious life and our relationships with people are. Thousands of ordinary people went through what they tought would be normal duties on a routine day in 2001 and it would be their last.
But we also discovered who realized who real heroes are. Some of the greatest and bravest feats of that day came from ordinary people who arrived at work that day not realizing or intending to do extraordinary things.
One of the things I remember the best is how so many came together, not only as Americans but human beings. People from 90 countries died from the attack on the Twin Towers.
I remember stories of gangs in New York who called a truce, just so they could help people in need. And some of those folks from different economic and social statuses could or would not have believed they would have been helped/rescued by weird-looking gang members.
Nobody asked whether anyone was a Democrat, Republican, other or none.
Yes, I remember the evil of that day. I also remembered the good.
That happenstance look at the clock on my smart phone was a wonderful coincidence.
It gave me some moments to reflect.