The 12th anniversary

September 11Lots of newspapers around the state have featured editorials this morning commemorating the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, including the Durham Herald-Sun, the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greenville Daily Reflector and the Fayetteville Observer. USA Today has a good one too. If you get a chance, taking a moment to check them out and to reflect upon that awful day would probably be worth your while.

And here’s another thought on the subject that might be worth pondering: In addition to remembering the victims and heroes of September 11, we would also do well to reflect upon what we are doing as a nation — indeed, as a species — to help make our planet less of a breeding ground for the kind of madness that sprang to life 12 years ago this morning.

Groups of insane criminals don’t just materialize out of thin air; they’re most typically bred in realms of hopelessness and despair — places in which knowledge, love and enlightenment are missing or in desperately short supply. As we honor those who fell 12 years ago and reflect upon the changes that day has wrought upon our society, perhaps it would also be worth at least a few minutes of our time to contemplate what we are doing to shine a light on those dark places and to give the people trapped therein hope for a better day.

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