It was seventy years ago that Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, leading us into World War II. I visited the U.S.S. Arizona when I was in Hawaii nearly twenty years ago. I feel the same deep sadness about the attack on Pearl Harbor as I feel about the attacks on September 11, 2001. No fore-knowledge of either event affects me the most. I think that if you know something’s going to happen, you can at least mentally prepare, even if you can’t cushion the blow, or stop it from occurring. I know others would rather deal with after-effects than have to anticipate horror. I understand that surprise is what gives assailants an advantage, but I have a naive desire for fairness, even in war.
I’ve heard that both Pearl Harbor and the September 11th attacks were known as possibilities, or actually allowed to happen, to push through agendas that would otherwise fail in Congress. Maybe that’s true, or maybe it’s not, but I’ll never know.
I grieve for those that lost their lives so tragically, and for those that remained, traumatized and having to cope with the aftermath. Life throws us curve balls all the time: maybe it’s disease, or famine, earthquakes and tsunamis, or hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods. We are constantly barraged by life’s changes, but stability seems to prevail more often than not. I suppose we couldn’t exist if there weren’t times of relative calm and ease.
Acts of war and terrorism affect me more deeply because there was a choice involved. An individual, or a group, decided to cause harm, and the more suffering, the better for their cause. A few of them (groups or individuals) even think their actions were/are sanctioned by God – a mysterious, amorphous, unknowable being or force, and yet, they act as though they can know or understand what they can actually only guess at – when it is their own selfish desire to make the world, or parts of the world, be as they want it.
Maybe they’re right. Perhaps ‘God’ wants us all homogenized, rather than creative, evolving beings. Or maybe, ‘God’, if It exists, wants us to find, or create, our own tribes, and peacefully co-exist. If that ever happens, I hope memorials will be built to commemorate that.
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