Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years

Okay, I admit it. The jig is up, so I may as well confess. I write Romances. Which was bound to happen, I suppose, since I’ve been called a “Romantic” for longer than I can or care to remember. I love babies, ballads, rainbows, fuzzy kittens, rippling streams, sunny days, my family, and chocolate. And those who know me best, know that I give my heart unconditionally.

I’m also one of those annoyingly optimistic people with a Pollyanna personality. I much prefer to think my glass is half-full rather than half-empty, and I’d rather look at the world through rose-colored glasses than be a “Doom and Gloom“ type of person. I always remind myself that things could be worse.

Plus, I find people -- all sizes and shapes, blondes or redheads, ages and gender -- fascinating. And I truly like almost everyone.

Which boils down to this: It is absolutely impossible for me to understand hate like that which will forever blacken this date, September 11, on my calendar.

Still, I have tried to find, within my own mind, some justification for the slaughter-- and it was nothing less -- of so many average, everyday, American citizens.

But there is none.

September 11, 2001 - One more of those terrible days that will live in infamy.

--Ramona Butler


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Many of us do not seek evil; it holds no attraction for us. I don't read horror, or embrace the POV of murderers. A new show on TV is selling revenge. I will avoid that.

There is no justification for the 9-11 attacks. There is motivation. The USA, in its well-meaning way, wants the rest of the world to live happily ever after, the American dream. When people are suppressed, starving and subsisting hour-by-hour, they have nothing to lose but resent and fight what they perceive as a common enemy.

Evil manipules the desperate, and it will continue until we reject revenge and go back to our own business whatever big or small dreams that includes.

Jannine Gallant said...

Right you are, Ramona. Looking back on those images makes you cry for the loss.

Regina Duke said...

We'll never understand the kind of evil that set those horrible attacks in motion, Ramona. We just have to try to fill our own circles with love and understanding, I guess.

Rhobin said...

Inexplicable hate developed from scapegoating one culture, one nation, one people. It is very hard to fathom.

Ramona Butler said...

Thanks for your comment, Julie. You are correct in that we want "the world to live happily ever after." And as a nation we seem to believe the only way to do that is our way. We need to quit thinking like that. Our way won't work for the whole world. Spread love, not hate or politics. I know that makes me sound like a flower child of the 60s, but the idea has been around a lot longer than that. As have I. --Ramona

Ramona Butler said...

Thank you for stopping by, Jannine. The number of tears shed would raise our oceans to the point we would all drown.

Lynda Bailey said...

I wondered the same thing when Saddam Hussein started the first Gulf War. How horrible he was to not just people, but to all living creatures. My sister (who's way more religious than myself) said God gives everyone a choice: do good or do evil. There's no explanation as to WHY anyone would choose evil. It just is.
Stick with your optomistic ways, Ramona! The world needs more Pollyannas!

Ramona Butler said...

You are so right, Regina. As one person, "filling our circles with love and understanding" is about all we can do. Love one another -- I seem to remember hearing that before.

Ramona Butler said...

You are so right, Lynda. We face choices every minute of every day. And those choices impact everyone around us. In my work as a legislative analyst I needed to look at all the ramifications. Now that I'm retired I'm often acccused -- and rightly so -- of analyzing things to death. But at least I think before I act. Too bad last week's IHOP gunman didn't do that. --Ramona