The Optimism of 9/11 Proves We are Still the Greatest Nation on Earth and Should be Proud to Shout it Out!!!
By: Dr. Russ
Monday is Dr. Russ Busster Day. Today I offer-up some “Bussters” to beat the Pessimism out of your psyche, the psyche of others and any worldwide negative mindset.
Yesterday was the official tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. For the last two weeks we have been inundated with stories of recovery and overcoming from this terrible tragedy born of one motive only: EVIL.
When I was growing-up in the 1950’ and ‘60’s, my parents pressed upon me how thankful I should be for having been born in America. They were part of Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation,” whose character was formed by being raised in the Great Depression and tested in World War II.
If I asked why I was so lucky, my parents would first point to the abundance of food, clothing and everyday comforts of refrigeration, air conditioning, televisions, airplanes, and automobiles that we had and other countries did not. After pointing out those material outcomes, my parents would then point to more important intangible processes like democracy, freedom to vote and to practice the religion of one’s choice without fear of persecution.
In my opinion, democracy and freedom are processes essential to the long term happiness and luck my parents said I had been born into. But, they taught it just wasn’t me who had been born into this abundance of goods and positive attitude, but everyone born here was guaranteed the opportunity structure to be all they could be.
Not fifty years later I am hearing that America is on the decline, that we are like England at the dawn of the twentieth century, about to have their power usurped by neighbors to the west. Some believe China and India are on target to become the next great superpowers.
I am for all countries of the world achieving superpower status, creating an equality in economic condition that has never been seen on earth. While many countries have achieved even exceeded our quality of economic living, none exceeds the opportunity structure to be all you can be that is inherent in our democracy.
Here are 10 shouts to start making about our GREATNESS!
9/11 Super Bussters to Shout-Out-About
- We are the “sweet land of liberty,” and Lady Liberty remains the entrance way and symbol of optimistic opportunity of the Land of the Free!
- The fall of the Twin Towers only served to strengthen our resolve to stand strong for America and the values, not the material goods, that she has.
- Ten years later, we see evil on the run, in hiding or dead. Bin Laden is dead, uprisings through the middle east in the summer of 2011 have dethroned several oppressive dictatorships, and the epitomy of evil, Moamar Gadaffi is in hiding.
- Ninety-nine days passed before the fires in ruble of the fallen towers were declared extinguished, but we endured.
- I have yet to hear a story of someone being hopeless and helpless. Every story I have heard is about someone giving their life to make sure a plane crashed in Pennsylvania and not the White House, firemen risking and giving up their lives to save someone, people sucking dust and risking death to go back in and carry out one more survivor.
- The Twin Towers were a symbol of the material growth and greatness of America. The new memorial at Ground Zero gives eternal honor to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and spirit of optimism.
- Reality – The death toll was 2,977 total victims; 343 personnel of the fire department, and 60 police officers were killed. I cite these statistics not to overwhelm or incite fear and helplessness, but to show the enormity of the tragedy and all that we have overcome.
- Yes other countries are starting to achieve economic parity with us. Let’s give them credit. 9/11 has reminded America that our greatness is our spirit, our spirit of optimism.
- Some 200 years ago, the British tried to torch the White House, and it was only thru the heroic efforts of Dolly Madison that many priceless artifacts of American History were saved. We have not changed!
- It was not the fall of the Twin Towers that defined or defines this event, but it was and remains our response, our attitude about who we are and who we need to shout about. We should continue to invite the world to participate in our grand experiment of freedom and democracy.
- It is not about our greatness per se, but about the promise of great opportunity that the U.S. can shout out to the world.