On September 11, 2001 the U.S. was devastated with terrorist attacks in New York City at the World Trade Center and Washington, DC at the Pentagon. There was also the downing of United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is suspected that the White House was the intended target of flight 93 hijackers. Those individuals who perished that day in the buildings hit as well as the airplane passengers, where living their lives as normal.

9/11 Sites CollageThe attacks on September 11th were orchestrated by leadership of al-Qaeda. Leaders against U.S. foreign policy. I am not by any means an expert on U.S. foreign policy but I do know that intolerance brings pain, confusion, and destruction. When we don’t seek to understand the intent of others whether a nation or individuals, chaos is ultimately created.

Within my household as a child I was raised Christian. Those beliefs are still what I follow. However, I believe ultimately that love which is a strong concept should be shown. Intolerance is in essence a degree of hate and hate can destroy if left unchecked.

Today as we seek to remember those who  perished due to the attacks on September 11, 2001, let’s be more tolerant. Specifically tolerant of those different then ourselves. It will never be easy to embrace those organizations and individuals responsible for such devastation on a clear Tuesday morning.  However, within our nation there are things that currently divide us. Seek out someone of different faith or belief and listen to their side. Then share yours and seek middle ground. Only with tolerance can we rise above our differences.


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