It’s hard not to write about the events of this day sixteen years ago. Despite some great conversation tonight with my coauthors that provided fodder for myriad topics to use in tonight’s post, I just think anything else would fall short. However, as usual, I’m not going to take the standard approach to even this topic.
Since that fateful day, many countries, organizations, and non-state actors have taken numerous actions, made plenty of policy decisions, and spent mountains of money to prevent another catastrophe caused by callous, charismatic killers. We can’t determine if all those actions, decisions, and expenditures have stopped another catastrophe. Proving a negative is nearly as impossible as predicting an unprecedented approach to terrorism. Maybe it’s working; maybe it’s not.
Here’s one thing that I know works. Treat each other with kindness and respect. I saw a meme the other day that said “Nobody is so important they can’t treat people nice.” I know it’s simple and seems like it isn’t enough, but my experience indicates that this simple act has powerful results…more powerful than the evil that was done sixteen years ago.