Ten years ago today, I was on vacation in Tuscany. Sitting on the square in front of the dome in Siena, I saw the huge headline of the German Bild-Zeitung in the hands of a fellow tourist at the next table: “Great God, help us all!”
I know my first thought was, “What now?”, since Bild-Zeitung is not really known for serious news and employ rather sensationalist tactics in their reporting.
But when I gathered what had happened a few hours ago in New York, my favorite city in the world, I could not help but cry for hours. We sat in front of the Italian TV and stared, speechless, at the countless repetitions of the unbelieveable happenings on that day. I also had the unfortunate duty of informing American fellow guests at our villa, who were in the middle of celebrating a birthday and hadn’t heard the news yet. Three of their party were from New York.
I don’t want to talk about what happened since or how the US reacted to those attacks, there are many people who know much more and can express their opinions a lot better than I can.
But what I want to do, is take a moment to remember how many people in the whole world were affected by that event, how many have suffered, how many suffer still.
By no means was this the greatest tragedy in humanity when we only look at facts and numbers, not even in the last few years, but still it was an attack that gripped the world in a special way. The unassailable USA have been hit. That did more damage to our collective feeling of safety than anything else ever could.
Let’s not forget that nothing can be taken for granted and nothing is set in stone.
Let us live life as good as we can, enjoy what we have and above all, let us try to be kind. When being kind to others is a priority, fear and hate have a hard time setting roots.
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How was your week? What will you do this weekend? What did yo do ten years ago?