Saturday, September 10, 2011

Is It A Good Thing to Remember 9/11 The Way We Do?

On September 11th 2011 it will be the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings.

Can you remember where you were on that day when you heard the news? Ironically, I was scheduled to go on a vacation to New York, the very next morning! My girlfriend at the time woke me up around 6:30 am (PST). She kept saying you have to get up and see this. I told her that whatever it was I would watch it on the news later. Luckily, she insisted I get up. I got up in time to see the first tower burning. I remember the news station kept switching to camera at the Pentagon crash. At the time, it wasn't clear that the pentagon and World Trade Center crashes were coordinated. Then out of nowhere on live TV, we saw another plane crash into the second tower. Sometime later we saw both towers collapse onto themselves into a huge pile of rubble. Many lives were lost and a country became united to seek justice against those who were behind these acts.

The years that followed were greatly changed by these events. The U.S. seemed to be gripped in fear. Innocence had been lost and replaced with fear and preparation for "what might happen".

Each year we, as a nation, stop to remember what happened to us on that terrible day. This is not the first time we have had such an event happen to us. Growing up, I remember every year on December 7th, we would stop and remember what happened to us in December 7th, 1941, when we were attacked by the Japanese during World War II. President FDR described this event as, "a date which will live in infamy." Growing up I often wondered if it was a good thing to remember an act like that.

Today, I am again questioning that logic and wondering, "Is it a good thing to remember 9/11 the way we do?

Don't get me wrong, I am very patriotic and have the greatest amount of compassion and empathy for anyone who was directly affected by this horrible act, but is it in our best interest to stay focused on the negativity associated with this event?

I am a big believer in the law of attraction, which states that your thoughts attract your reality. That means if we are focused on remembering a fearful or horrible act, then we will be aligned with that negative energy and therefore will be attracting more fearful acts to our own reality. If this is true, then is it a good idea to build monuments or make holidays based on fearful and negative acts? Is remembering horrible acts like these really a good idea? Its one thing to learn from our lessons but it’s another thing to make monuments about them. I think our mental focus would be better focused on something positive--anything positive.

If I were one of the people who were killed in that event, I think I would rather be remembered for the life I lived rather than how and when I died.

It has been said with bad break-ups of relationships, that the best way to overcome being dumped is to create your own success and happiness, because when you are happy the other person--the one who you feel hurt you emotionally--is able to see the best of what they left behind and realizes that their actions did not have an effect on your happiness or your life.

So with this in mind, wouldn't it be better to let the 9/11 saga fade into history like a piece of emotional waste floating to the bottom of a murky pond. Why would we give the people who did these acts the satisfaction of knowing they hurt us by making a national holiday of this event so that it can be remembered every year? I suggest that instead of having a 9/11 holiday, we should have a "celebrate the life of deceased loved one" day. This way we can change the energy of this day from negative to positive, because the law of attraction states that we attract what we think about.

We are a strong people with indomitable spirits. The last ten years have shown that. A special thanks needs to  go out to everyone who has done their part to be patriotic. Now we must ask ourselves, “What is the best course of action for our country for the future?” Should we focus on the negative past that happened to us or on the positive future we wish to create? Either way, the law of attraction says that our focus will determine our future.

Positive Thinking,

Joe Rapisarda