Saturday, September 10, 2011

A time of need

Going Green Mama reflects on history this week.

All week, I have struggled with what to write on this blog. Somehow, in the shadow of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, green issues or the small details of my life simply pale in comparison.

The reality is our lives irreveribly changed a decade ago. Some were personally touched by tragedy. Others felt the impact of lost jobs or conveniences. And all of us have realized a change in our society, the reality of multiple wars, heightened security and underlying worry of varying degrees.

But there is something that also changed with 9/11. I was struck by one story I read that showed how Americans banded together in the time of need - and never before had charitable giving been that momentous. We showed it time and again with Katrina, with the tsunami, with Joplin, Mo.

At the heart of our people is spirit of picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off, and pulling together to solve a problem.. And I believe, as tough as it is when we are suffering as individuals with job losses or other crisises, that we still have that spirit deep within.

I've heard others talk of turning 9/11 into a day of volunteerism, a day of prayer, a day of forgiveness. All are beautiful ideas. What better way to remember the sactifices of those who were lost with small sacrifices of our own.

Wishing you peace,
Robbie @ Going Green Mama


Dea-chan said...

Gah. The best thing I have heard regarding this was: if 9/11 was Pearl Harbor, we would have pulled troops by 2005 and had a treaty signed this year.

Also, if a PERSON was obsessing over something that happened 10 years ago (such as a person's death, etc.), they'd be in need of serious counseling. No reason why that shouldn't be applicable for nations.

Christina said...

I feel exactly the opposite: my green lifestyle is an integral part of my response to 9/11.

There were reasons why 9/11 happened. They in no way justify wholesale murder, but they still are reasons and we should understand them if we are to prevent future 9/11s. I believe part of those reasons are the widespread degradation of the earth which has been primarily driven by the consumptive lifestyle (and I use that word deliberately for its connotations with the disease tuberculosis). How we live here in the USA has dramatic repercussions around the world: oppressive regimes that provide us most of our petroleum; deforestation of whole ecosystems to feed our need for cheap food and products; poisoning rivers, fields, clouds as we get rid of toxic byproducts.

Anyway, I'm a regular reader of GPB and wanted to offer a different perspective!

Dea-chan said...

Christina: I love the way you phrased all of that. Thank you for being opposite yet so much the same. :-P


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