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Re: WOID #VI-32. The Day After



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Paul,

Thank you for your wisdom and true understanding...let's pray for clear
thinking for our leaders.
Kathy Parulski

Paul T Werner wrote:

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> Yes, it really is like a funeral. Yesterday, after the explosions and
> collapse, there were crowds of people, nicely dressed, wandering uptown
> in the lovely sun of late summer. As at a funeral, there was no anger,
> not much emotion, really. It was more of a dream for most of us.
>
> It was also quiet, respectfully. There were no cars, of course. Today,
> still, it's very quiet in downtown Manhattan. And we are busy toting up
> what we've lost, and what we've spared.
>
> Disasters like this can show you who you are. As at a death, there are
> those who acted well. My friend A. J. was working on the ground floor
> of World Trade One. She managed to get out, and get the people she
> supervises out. One of them had an asthma attack, and she managed to
> get him out of there, to a hospital in New Jersey, then back again to
> New York, thirteen hours later.
>
> As at a funeral, there's a lot of facade: trying to be brave; trying to
> hide your satisfaction, the selfish joys of the survivors, the nervous
> jokes, the heirs' half-hidden grins. The gloating from the Israel Lobby
> has been no less obscene than the ill-informed reactions of some
> Palestinians. In the New York Times, Clyde Haberman's disgusting
> article, "Do you get it now?" uses this event to justify Israeli murder
> squads. Renidet usquequaque.
>
> What I want to tell those who aren't here, because they don't know:
> there is no anger, here. We leave that to others. The Governor of Texas
> may talk of ultimate battles of good and evil, but we know about evil,
> already. Like death, it's all around us always, and all our victories,
> for being always temporary, are cherished all the more. Sorry,
> Governor, Good will not prevail. It's too late for that.
>
> Among some tribes of the Northwest Coast it was usual, when someone
> died, even of natural causes, to raid the other tribes. Against the
> many Muslims or Arabs in New York there have been few acts of
> retribution. Being human is not easy, but that is our only victory.
> Being human is not easy, because it involves more than the gut
> reaction; more than the fantasy of omnipotence; more than the denial of
> our own mortality. As Saint Anselm put it almost a thousand years
> ago: "in our minds there is constant strife between the defense of our
> desires and the affirmation of the truth." I was listening to a rescue
> worker who had just pulled someone from the ruins, alive. When that
> happens, he said, everyone is happy. "Even the dogs get very happy." I
> think at times like that we'd all like to be dogs: happy one minute,
> barking the next, always forgetful, never conscious of our own weak
> selves. For most of us, though, it's too late already.
>
> New York, September 12, 2001
>
> Paul T Werner
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