"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Today is 9-11-03. I keep forgetting it for a while, then remembering it again. We had an editor's meeting for my college newspaper that morning, which we preempted to go to the packed out chapel where we prayed and watched CNN. Today we had a newspaper meeting also. It went fairly well. No need to rush off to chapel unexpectedly, thank God. There hasn't been any reason to do that for two years now. I don't know if anyone expected that, really. I don't think I knew what to expect. But I do think things have gone incredibly well. Two terrorist playgrounds now free. All our other skyscrapers and cities still intact. If we want, most of us can ignore the fact that two years ago, for the first time in our lives, our parents lives, our grandparents lives, our grandparents lives, or our great-great grandparents lives, the United States was attacked, and thousands of people died.
I'm glad we can forget, we can ignore. I think that if we have any shred of humanity, we must remember, and we must resolve, but I'm glad we're not forced to. Not forced to by the fact that our own city's skyline is drastically altered, our own family and friends killed on another typical Tuesday morning.
But unless we want to be forced to, we must choose to. If we would protect our family and our friends--both those we've met and those we've not--then we must choose to remember, and that remembrance must draw us forward. Today, it draws us to support American, and soon, Iraqi, troops battling would-be hijackers in the streets and outskirts of Baghdad and Tikrit. Who knows where it will draw us tommorow?
Posted by Timothy1:06 PM
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