I know this is a comedy blog, and I like to keep the mood light, but I would be remiss were I not to comment on the significance of today. Aside from making you laugh, another goal of this blog is to make you generate Deep Thoughts…
I am a native New Yorker, and even though I was living in Los Angeles at the time of the 9/11 attacks, I still reacted as if it were my hometown under siege. I’d spent the first 27 years of my life looking at those mighty Twin Towers. People I knew worked there, as did friends of friends.
My first job out of NYU was working for a company based in The Empire State Building. That, too, is just an office building, filled with innocent workers trying to earn their daily wage. It is also a landmark, a tourist attraction, and a potential terrorist target.
As I was watching the events of that day unfold from over 3,000 miles away, I kept coming back to the fact that I used to work in a famous NYC landmark. As I wiped away tears, I couldn’t help but think about how fragile and random life can be. You accept a job with no idea that doing so makes you a future target of fanatics.
The Deep Thoughts generated on that day, and the days that followed, were dark and negative and not good for my soul.
No one will ever forget what happened on September 11, 2001. You didn’t need this blog post to remind you of that. I, however, needed to write it. To cast out some of the darker Deep Thoughts. To make sure that heroes were remembered. To show that life did not end for the rest of us on that day.
Tragedy is an unfortunate part of life, but we cannot let it get the better of us. It also helps us to better appreciate the laughter and the lighter moments. Thanks for allowing me to share my Deep Thoughts, Modern Philosophers. I invite you to use the comments section to do the same.