As much as I fervently wish that space was filled with brand new bold and tall towers, I still get goosebumps, seeing these lights.
I've seen a lot of 9/11 coverage today and many admonishments to "Never Forget." Yes, I agree. We should never ever forget. But we shouldn't get so caught up in the remembering, the thinking about what happened, that we forget to DO something. Our governments--federal, state, city--have erected memorial after memorial. Yes. It's important to remember those who died.
But maybe we should take just a little of the effort that went toward all of these memorials and apply it toward making our country actually safe from our enemies, keeping it free from tyranny, and rebuilding those towers. We need to complement some of that thinking with action. I think we would honor the victims best by ensuring that this never, ever happens again.
For more reflections on this day, try the latest Objectivist Round Up for our "Nothing Less Than Victory" themed carnival.
UPDATE: Here are several good posts that I just read, from Consent of the Governed, Corn and Oil, and Ragamuffin Studies. Elisheva at Ragamuffin Studies includes this lyric from "America the Beautiful" which brought me to tears:
"...whose alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears."