The dreaded 9-11 juggernaut

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

– Samuel Johnson

I thoroughly dread the next two weeks with their 9-11 articles, stories, and documentaries&#151the impending inundation depresses the hell out of me.

After all, we can address life and do nothing about death. Death is over…spent…finished…done. There is nothing anyone can do about death. Oh, sure, you will hear someone comment that by talking about what happened, we, perhaps, can change this or that to make sure it does not happen again. That, however, is talking about life and how we can live it…not death. By addressing some of the things that led to 9-11 we can perhaps lessen the odds of it happening again, they’ll say. But, that too is talking about life…not death.

And, how I so dread hearing about this or that person and what they might have become had they not gone to work that day or been shopping at the World Trade Center. That person’s life wasn’t any more valuable than another. Life is just that…life. We all have it in equal amounts and when we don’t, we’re dead. Pretty simple, really.

Let us focus on life and how we live it&#151not the dead. The dead need no help.

Every death, even the cruellest death,
Drowns in the total indifference of Nature.
Nature herself would watch unmoved
if we destroyed the entire human race.

– Peter Weiss, Marat/Sade (1964)

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