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20 years on

Posted on: September 12, 2021

It is the 12th today, but still the 11th of September in the USA.

Indeed. I certainly cannot forget where I was and how I felt on 11 September 2001. 

Back then I was pursuing a Masters in the USA and had woken up to news that planes had flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. I was in my little studio apartment and taking it in on my tiny TV.

I felt numb as I watched. I soon received email from the university to stay at home because the authorities feared more attacks elsewhere.

I stayed home at long as I could, but had to step out for a grocery run. I remember how empty the streets were. It was like a pandemic lockdown except quieter.

My experience was nothing compared to those who were directly affected by the terrorist affect. But it was no less valid than the millions of others living in the USA at the time.

Mindsets, attitudes, and behaviours changed quickly after 9/11 about expectations, freedoms, and responsibilities. The shock was like a jolt to the heart for those in the US to reconsider their priorities.

We have bigger issues now. I wonder what our shared list of priorities is after the current pandemic wanes. Climate change is no longer a shadowy threat but a constant presence.

How might we develop more and better scientific literacy? What changes will we make in schooling and education that pay more than lip service to those on the wrong side of the divide? What will it take for the collective to pull together for the common good?

I hope it does not take 20 more years to find only basic answers to these questions, or worse, have to ask them all over again.

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