Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NYC Trip: Part III - Love will keep us Alive

I did not mention a certain place yesterday because I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it.

The IX/XI Story.
Ground Zero.

Its just a few blocks from South Ferry. So we walked past Wall Street and reached the spot,following sign boards that gave us directions to the site. The whole construction site has been secured. But there were many tourists and locals at the place.

Well, what i witnessed there can't be described in words.What I felt either.

You feel a deep rage welling up inside you at the horrible act of terrorism and the people who did it. Standing there, looking at that huge empty space where the Twin Towers once stood, you also feel a sense of amazement of how something so huge came crashing down. You kinda re-live that moment, perhaps using bits of video that you once saw over and over again on the television. Your brain brings it all back to life. The only difference is, you're right there admist it. You see hell breaking loose all around you. You see smoke rushing at you and feel the ash in your mouth and lungs. I'm not kidding. I unknowingly shuddered twice or thrice.

There was an old black man who was explaining to a group of tourists the stuff he saw that through his eyes. I stood there listening to the horror story for 10 minutes and then walked off, not wanting to hear more. There were people standing there and crying, perhaps for their loved ones who perished that fateful day. There were messages scrawled everywhere.

There were official 9/11 Timeline charts put up, showing how the events took place that day. There were large boards put up, showing ' Sept 11th 2001 Martyrs, giving thousands of names of people who were victims of hate. It's a quiet and silent site. The Police do not allow any commercial tourist activity around that place. We spent almost an hour day, just walking, looking, and hardly speaking.

When did Hate become so powerful? Is there any way to put an end to all this? Here is a poem, written by an NYPD police officer, that was written in chalk on a board....

The Road to Heaven

While travelling along,it's never too late.
Take the road that leads to love
Not the one to hate.
Hate is what took these buildings down
With love is how we'll remember those
no longer around.
Take the right road and you will see
how much sweeter life will be.
The road may be uphill and
strewn with stones.
So get rid of the weight
and lighten the load.
At the summit there is
a beautiful view,
All of God's peace open to you.

Here are a few pics. God Bless.

The poem

pic taken through the steel fence

The WTC cross..it was found among the rubble

A choir singing hymns


US said...

What goes around comes around. WTC is a prinme example of that - Power is not a monopoly and one-sided/isolated position will not suffice.

Yin and Yang have always co-existed, WTC is only a coarse and blunt example of lot of accumulated/pent up Yin - coming out in naked reality.

The concept of yin and yang originates in ancient Chinese philosophy and metaphysics, which describes two primal opposing but complementary forces found in all things in the universe. Yin, the darker element, is passive, dark, feminine, downward-seeking, and corresponds to the night; yang, the brighter element, is active, light, masculine, upward-seeking and corresponds to the day; yin is often symbolized by water, while yang is symbolized by fire.

Yin and yang are descriptions of complementary opposites rather than absolutes. Any yin/yang dichotomy can be seen as its opposite when viewed from another perspective. The categorisation is seen as one of convenience. Most forces in nature can be broken down into their respective yin and yang states, and the two are usually in movement rather than held in absolute stasis.

[Source: Wikipedia]

The trainee said...


A lot to say, but no words.

Jayasooryan said...

Touching. really. but remember. for every tale told about 9/11, there are hundreds that are untold elsewhere in the world. Their victims may not have been heralded like this. but they were subjects to hate, greed and cruelty. empathize with all of them. coz that what makes us human.

stan_da_man said...

@us: yeaaa...i have to agree again...the only prob with terrorism is that ying and yang are unequal forces..constant collision of such high-energy forces are gonna result in one huge catastrophe sumday! One side has to be supressed. else beware mankind.

@the trainee: ((((i agree))))
lots to reply..but no words.

@jayas: Yea man, i totally agree. This was on the air so much cos it was the US and killing took place movie-style. This was bad but there are much more worse and far more frequent horrors happenin everywhere!!! that too cold blooded and silent.not good at all.

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