Sunday, August 25, 2013

Changes


On Saturday we flew from Providence down to Newark, to start the long trek across country for to visit the progeny. We had a 2 and half hour layover before getting onto our next flight to San Francisco.

Terminal C at Newark International overlooks the New Jersey Turnpike and provides a very nice view of the New York skyline. While biding our time, waiting for our flight, I wandered over to check out the view.

Empire State Building, check, and then...

"Huh? What's that?" I said to myself when looking towards where the Twin Towers used to be.

It's called "4 World Trade Center" and it seems...

Out of place.

I think most Americans alive on the 11th of September 2001 remember what used to be there. So to me, the image was jarring.

To say the least.


I stood there for what had to be ten minutes, ten long minutes, just staring. There was a temptation, an urge, to get a little teary eyed at what used to be. At all of the changes in America, and the world, since that day. Most of those changes, in this scribe's humble opinion, not for the better.

But after thinking about it, the new building is rather handsome. It fills a hole in the Manhattan skyline. Yes, it's different.

But things change, things evolve. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. It remains to be seen what the future will bring. Will this nation return to greatness? Or will we continue the slide into socialist mediocrity? Who knows? Not me, I am no prophet.

Things have changed. Things will continue to change. But one thing I know, no matter what takes the place of what used to stand on that spot, my motto remains -


Never forgive, never forget.

Until we live in a world where this can never happen again,





9 comments:

  1. Never forgive, never forget, punish always.

    Or (borrowed from here.

    "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't" George S. Patton

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  2. What everyone above me said.

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  3. The new tower serves to remind us of the loss that day and to give notice we'll bow to no one.
    Were I still using more colorful language I could quote exactly what it tells terrorists in two one syllable words.

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    1. Would the second word be "you"?

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    2. Skip - I hear you on that.

      Juvat - I wouldn't bet against you.

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