For most, if not all Americans, today is a special day.
Eleven years ago we were all changed, some of us irrevocably. The images of that day are still burned into our memories.
Images of Osama bin Laden or the collapsing Twin Towers still generate feelings of angst, powerlessness and fear.
And yet, that’s all they are.
In a world of risks separating feelings from reality is difficult, but necessary. In many cases, they are not only different, but contrary.
Ask someone if they would rather text while driving or face a terrorist.
Yet texting while driving has killed twice as many people this year than terrorists.
So why aren’t we afraid of texting in a moving car?
The answer is related to the way human beings make decisions. It’s related to way the human brain works, and to the way fear, ego and survival instinct cause us to feel and react.
It makes us really bad at judging risk sometimes.
Eleven years ago, the USA, including the intelligence community, Government and Military, didn’t keep feelings and reality in check. We didn’t understand our risks.
We didn’t think terrorists would fly planes into buildings.
Let’s take a moment today to remember those lost in the tragedy on September 11. Let’s remember all of those affected. Let’s remember those who have paid the ultimate price fighting to make things right.
Let’s also remember that the next tragedy can be averted if we remember that you can feel secure and not be.