Not since December 7th 1941 - another day of infamy - have we as Americans been able to record our history as a people simply by mentioning the date. It is rare when more than a small percentage of our people will focus on any single event. We are too heterogeneous, too involved with our own interests, to see any single event in the same way at the same time. September 11th 2001 - 9/11 - changed all that. Perhaps it hasn't changed anything permanently, but at least for that day and its aftermath, it forced us all to experience and feel the same things. We all felt the shock, and horror, and fear, and overwhelming anger. September 11th has come to stand for that point where we were shocked out of our old patterns and into a new world, where the past became the present, where illusion became reality, where friends became enemies and vice versa, where weakness became courage and where peace became war.
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