Who are we? Are we Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives? There are so many categories, I lost track of what stands for what or whom. All I see is division because all people don’t believe or agree with this or that philosophy being advocated. Like the thought pattern that allowed (or incited) the religious crusades? Might makes Right?
While reading Alan Alda’s book: THINGS I OVERHEARD WHILE TALKING TO MYSELF (great title), I came across this part of the book that I wonder and wonder about. Mr Alda was at Ground Zero 3 weeks after 9/11. This was an encounter he wrote about on page 94:
“I was off by myself when a man in his fifties came over , put out his hand, and introduced himself. His name was Johnnie Bell, an ironworker. His face was lined with days of nonstop work on the site, and he spoke softly.
‘Can I ask you something? Look at that —‘ He pointed over to the pile. ‘There are people here from all over the country. They figured they were needed here, and they came. Some of them haven’t seen their families in weeks.’ His eyes locked on mine. ‘It would be awful if we lost this spirit of pulling together after all this gets cleaned up. We’re one country now.’ I thought of the flags we had all put out. We were one community again, one nation. ‘It doesn’t matter now about religion or race of things like that.’ Johnnie said. ‘We gotta stay this way. I don’t hear anybody saying that.’ “