I haven’t seen the video of the planes crashing into the towers. Nor have I seen the video of desperate people in the towers jumping out their windows. I don’t believe I have seen the video of the towers crashing down either.
On 9/11/01 I was in yeshiva. (See: 9/11 Reflections) I had no access to TV or the Internet. My entire perception of the events was completely formed by what I heard on the radio and what I saw in the newspaper.
This photo has been sitting on my desktop since 9|11 2010. I had been saving it for today.
I love this photo. To me, it exemplifies the perfect and most appropriate reaction to tragedy. In place of the Twin Towers destroyed by evil, are two beams of light soaring high into the night.
The physical towers are gone. But their light, their non-physical presence lives on. The edifice lives on and the people live on. Perhaps most importantly, what they stood for lives on.
Light also perfectly embodies what those towers stood for. Light shows the way. Light illuminates. Light is good. The American society that the terrorists abhorred was the America of progress, modernity, diversity and goodness. The terror is darkness. It only works when it cannot be detected until it is too late.
The light of the Twin Towers and America lives on.