MSNBC continues its annual tradition of replaying 9/11 as it happened live a decade ago.
Of lessons learned, one won't get much, if any, discussion. For a moment we had the extraordinary sympathy of the world - and it took us almost no time at all to squander it. We lost it with arrogance, cowboying, and over-reach. How tragic we didn't have statesmen in power who could have built a constructive world community from these feelings of good will. We have to do it our way, the chosen people, the City on a Hill, arrogant, ignorant of history and of how and why great powers decline and die. Well, we can't blame anyone else for our present mess. We've met the enemy and they are us.
Charles Deemer teaches screenwriting at Portland State University. He is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and pioneer in hyperdrama. He was the editor of Oregon Literary Review and the artistic director of Small Screen Video.
"Having written almost daily for over 40 years, I can say that writing is not a job or a vocation or a profession--it is an existence. It is a way of being in the world."
"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street." Mary Ellen Lease, 1890
"All humanity's troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room," - Blaise Pascal.