I must object, however, to assigning any significance to the evil that transpired that day. In my mind, the most important lesson to be learned from that day is to be found in the images of heroism and the examples of self-sacrifice demonstrated by the men and women of the New York City fire department and police department and others like them.
We need to learn from the people who left places where they were safe and secure and walked courageously into harm’s way to rescue the victims of a grave injustice. From them we learn that there are some things in life that are more important than safety and more valuable than security.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
And Justice for All: The Price of Freedom and Security...an address to the Oklahoma Legislature by Dr. Bruce Prescott
Dr. Prescott gave this speech about 2 1/2 years ago to the state legislature in Oklahoma. It's especially appropriate today, on the anniversary of 9/11, as it teaches us some powerful lessons, especially about our notions of safety and security (the excerpt below was noted by reader SmallGlimpses, and I must say I wholeheartedly agree with her assessment):