It’s been 18 years.
I was four years old on September 11, 2001. I’m one of the emerging people that don’t really remember anything about the day. I’ve heard stories, I’ve done a lot of research, but I don’t remember the physical feeling. I now walk on the same college campus as kids who weren’t even alive when it happened. Every single year, we hear the two words.
But what is the most important thing to ‘not’ forget? We shouldn’t forget the lives lost, obviously. Giving you the specific numbers is unnecessary. In fact, I don’t want to be reminded of the specific numbers. We shouldn’t forget the heroes that emerged that day. We shouldn’t forget the first responders. All this is true for the sake of humanity. But why do we forget one of the most important lessons that came from that day?
We’re all Americans. We’re all on the same damn team.
Watch a television newscast, listen to a radio newscast, open up and read a newspaper. Every single day it’s something inherently negative. Every single day it’s somebody upset with the president, upset about a policy, upset that somebody said something offensive, upset that the grass looked greener yesterday, or something of that nature.
We hear about how inhumane someone on the right is, or how psycho someone on the left is. We hear about how democratic candidates are faring in ‘red’ states or how badly Trump is declining in the ‘blue’ states.
We hear all kinds of false misconceptions that everyone who’s too lazy to do their own thinking will believe as fact. We’ll believe that conservatives don’t care about mass shootings and we’ll believe that liberals just want to kill babies. Because this is a team thing, right? It’s left vs right, it’s liberal vs conservative, it’s a war of political parties. Being bipartisan is a thing of the past.
Why are we like this?
The thing I’ll never forget about September 11, 2001 is it taught us the most fundamental of facts; political parties really don’t matter. Political parties are important because disagreement and separate ideals are needed for a functioning society.
I sometimes see people openly wishing we all got along and agreed on everything. First off, that would make life incredibly boring. Secondly, we’d never get anything done. This isn’t about me hating political parties. This isn’t about me wanting to abolish political parties. This is just me asking for us to remember why we have political parties.
At the end of the day, democrats and republicans are divided and feel so strongly about certain topics because they believe they have the best interests for this country. Let me type that again. FOR THIS COUNTRY.
Being divided on issues is not a problem, it’s actually quite healthy. Completely shutting people out, ignoring them and testing their moral character just because of something they believe? That’s an issue.
This country has never been closer than it was on September 12, 2001. We forgot about our problems; we forgot about people we didn’t agree with. For once, we were just Americans. We were one. We were united. The United States of America.