posted on Mar, 23 2009 @ 06:58 PM
It's 23:45 here in the UK and I have just spent 2 hours watching new, never before seen footage of 9/11 through the eyes of the people that were
there and filmed it with home cameras. The title of the documentary is 102 Minutes That Changed America.
However, after watching it and reflecting on the events of that horrendous day I have realised that nearly eight years on those 102 minutes have
actually changed nothing, not just in America but the entire world...and how truly sad and depressing that it.
Watching once again what happened on that day feels me with a fascination driven by dispair, anguish, overwhelming helplessness and anger. Watching
this new footage I can now add humility and a sense of pride and hope in humanity to my list of emotions as I watch strangers - humans - coming
together to help one another. Setting aside petty differences of race, religion and whatever else divides us in order of joint survival, caring,
compassion and maybe even unconditional love in the face of unspeakable evil.
I cannot help but feel that the atrocities of 9/11 were our chance as a species to really change our ways. Apart from religion, the fanatics that
supposedly carried out 9/11 also done it for the hatred of everything the West stand for and that includes the bad aswell as the good - our
corruption, our greed and our materialistic life styles.
OK, initially everyone wanted revenge and justice and rightly so. But after watching this 102 Minutes documentary I cannot help but feel that eight
years on, this was maybe humanities chance to finally grow up and move forward to a future of hope and unity. To use 9/11 as an example to younger
generations on how to treat and unite to help your fellow humans in the most dire of circumstances, to change our ways and learn from previous events
that ultimately resulted in the carnage of 9/11.
The people of America demonstrated on that day, in those 102 minutes of World altering events, everything that makes civilised humanity worthy of our
self proclaimed mantel of self importance. Yet here we are... eight years on with a World still in turmoil and war. Religion still dividing rather
than uniting. The World economy on its knees due to greed. Corruption grippling society. We as a species have such short memories. We as a species
have lost our voice and refuse to do anything about it but bury our heads in the sand, allowing the very people we elect to power to continue with
their dispicible ways and continue with the way things are.
Once again humanity is heading into future that can only guarantee more turmoil, corruption and devastation. I can only ask 'when will we ever