Today is the day we are told to: "Never Forget." It was a year ago today, during a cross country road trip, that I became immersed in the attempt at unlocking the secrets of the universe, and so happened to stumble upon Arlington National Cemetery. At the time, I was detached from all things media and didn't even realize what day it was; hence, showing up at our nation's cemetery in a t-shirt, jeans and messy pony tail. The circumstances of September 11, 2012, much like in 2001, brought me to my knees yet again over a decade later.
All at once the immensity of the moment consumed me. The date of births earlier than my own and names that once were merely letters on stone now had an identity. Right or wrong, they did what they were told, believing freedom came at an expense; their lives, as if sending people to their death is freedom. Question after question consumed me and I felt sick. In my youth, I had bought into the drama and hype of war much like these men and women had and I now hated myself. I hated myself for the apathetic way I once looked at war, not realizing the true cost. I was ripped away from this line of thinking, however, because the President of the United States drove right by me.
Life and its tender fragility revealed itself that day in Section 60. Section 60 also taught me that trading human lives for freedom is a lie, and is based wholly on greed, power and ego and not for the betterment of our country's interest. It taught me that violence and/or war is outdated and has no place in this world which we, a now global community, reside. I learned that sacrificing life for a cause is still sacrificing life, no matter the cause. If we learned anything from September 11th, and from the loss of life and our freedoms since that time, it's that: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."