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The September 11 Generation Essay

687 words - 3 pages

There has been much talk about how the events of September 11 changed everything. I don't think they changed the central urgency and relevance of what each one of us does with our life..

I think we're all being pressured by history. How many people have lost their jobs or are re-evaluating their work and lives? Those of us who are concerned about the issues of diversity, coexistence, reconciliation, conflict prevention, understanding and tolerance, peace and justice, will find our life gives us a firm ground to stand on. This is where the action is for the foreseeable and unforeseeable future. Clash of civilizations? War of the worlds? Global discord, intergroup ignorance, suspicion and ...view middle of the document...

We can assist people to learn and teach about different cultures, religions, nationalities. What have you been doing?


In one fell swoop the importance of our work has been put into stark relief against the horizon. I hear about people who have just realized the truth of being a citizen of the world. Thinking people have been practicing this craft for many years. I think groups and institutions need us.


I think we need to help a new generation of people do this work. They are the September 11 generation, whose hearts and minds were opened or turned around in the wake of the airplane crashes. We should take on new volunteers, interns, trainees, and partners. We should reach out to colleagues across occupations, sectors, industries. We need more roundtable discussions, more sharing. I don't think there are trade secrets in the area of human community.


How can we call on each other? We're not organized to be cooperative or networked or linked...

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