Thoughts on 9/11

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Good morning, everybody. It’s September 11, 2020. 19 years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon. When terrorists hijacked those planes, I remember that morning very, very well. At the time, I was still a maritime lawyer and my life has changed fundamentally. Obviously the death and destruction that followed, that occurred on 9/11, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s just been so violent. We had a violent 20 years, and it’s hard to believe that it’s been two-fifths of my life since then. I was 31 when 9/11 happened. Actually, I was about to turn 31.

I’m just reflective today. I’m finding myself really emotional the last few days, stuck home here on quarantine, and I just see all the hatred in the world, all the anger, all the vitriol. I think a lot of that comes from the president, but I also think it comes from a lot of unresolved issues regarding race and poverty and power and abuse of power. And it just makes me sad. I don’t have any real immigration message today. I don’t have any real guidance or advice. This isn’t a video about immigration hacks or tips or tricks. This is just about loving each other and how we all are human beings. We might have different colored skin, we might have different philosophies, different religions, different beliefs, but we have to learn how to love each other and to be empathetic with each other.

I think one of the huge things that’s happened since 9/11, 2001, is that we’ve lost our empathy for each other. We’ve lost our love for our fellow human beings, and we’re just very intolerant of each other. So I, for one, I’m going to do what I can to bring about peace and love, and to make America the best country it can be, and to be as supportive as I can to those who are suffering, for those who are powerless, for those who are oppressed because of their race. I’ll just do everything I can to make the world a better place. I hope you guys do too.

Have a great day. God bless the people who died on 9/11, God bless the people who died in the wars that we caused after that, and let us hope that the world begins to heal, and let it begin today with each of us. Thanks.

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