Monday, September 11, 2006

Flying on 9/11

As fate would have it, I had to fly to our nation's capital on 9/11. I expected harrowing security and many delays. On the contrary, from journey's start at Sticks airfield to its conclusion at good ol' Reagan National (which, I figure, I had not been to in decades) was very smooth. No extra intrusions, and no unusual searches.

The real power of terrorism never been what the terrorists can actually accomplish in terms of death and destruction. Their power comes from what we do to ourselves in reaction to a terror event. Our attitudes and our emotions are both the target and the real weapon of the terrorist. Our best response as a nation, and as a people is to "be not afraid."

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Blogger Sister Mary Martha said...

BE not afraid, but wear a scapular.

2:44 PM  
Blogger CMinor said...

One thing at a time, Sister; he only converted about 5 years ago. Still, not a bad idea for the trip back.

6:24 PM  
Blogger The unconventional mother said...

I am going to be the abnoxious little sister and the trained counselor and say -- Can you really "be not afraid"? Or is it a matter of pretending your are not afraid. I have always been of the belief that courage comes not from lack of fear but from being "afraid" and doing it anyway.

4:13 PM  

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