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Reflecting and Reacting
I'm sipping my coffee and finishing up the raft of newspapers
with me on the Acela. I'm on my way down to D.C. to attend
meetings at Discovery Communications and, when I am finished
I'll have dinner with an old friend and his two sons. I'm
a pleasant day.
In the early part of the morning as I was riding in the cab
Station I went, as you have to, past "the hole"
and was noticing, in
myself mostly, that there is a different mood that is settling
city now that the official search for remains is over. It's
It's "better" in that a certain sense of somberness
has departed. You
can drive by with the official knowledge that down there,
they're doing, they're not looking for body parts. I wasn't
that would make a difference but it does. One phase of all
of this is
Certainly the news coverage around us is different. 9/11 has
taking a backseat to corporate fraud and flailing markets.
though, remains the point in time when new things began. The
magazines report that the new hot job in D.C. is to be part
Homeland Security Department. It is supposed to be becoming
"pre-eminent" Washington agency and it hasn't even
been formed yet. I
find it a little unsettling that there is a Department of
Security - it's always bothered me because when I hear the
recognize that the times, they are a-changing.
The market popped yesterday at the sight of John Rigas being
led off in
handcuffs. It was a symbol of what people felt needed to be
putting the bad guys away. Though there were a lot of people
wondering why we aren't seeing Ken Lay in those handcuffs?
It's just so interesting to me that we're really moving on.
good. Being angry at corporate evils is appropriate and feels
normal than grieving for thousands dead. It feels healthier
that we now
think of "the hole" as a building site though I
think we're a REALLY
long way from consensus on what's to be built on the site.
There is a
lot of emotion around it - as one would expect.
But in the background of the news is the dull thrum that these
different times. 9/11 is not front page so much any more,
not the first
story in the newscasts. But it is always there, down the line,
back pages, how the world is a little different. Are we getting
to invade Iraq? If not, asks a story, why are we painting
We wouldn't be thinking of invading Iraq if it weren't for
The Presidency has been shaped by 9/11. On the cover of one
of the news
magazines is the headline: like father, like son? Good in
war but weak
on the economy? Polls are telling us the President gets good
defense, poor marks when it comes to the markets.
If I recall correctly, W named Powell his choice as Secretary
prior to the election, a move that gave him a boost. Now the
speculation is about whether Powell will last the term. The
winning while Powell is the voice of moderation. Personally,
feel good if he leaves. Moderation is not a bad thing.
We are facing up to the loss of innocents in Afghanistan but
subdued way while at the same time we keep learning of fresh
from the time of the Taliban. Winter is approaching again
country is desperate for aid and asking us: how will you help?
9/11 as an event is receding toward the past, very slowly,
but it is the
starting point of the yellow brick road into the future that
ourselves on. The world as we know it becoming a reflection
reaction to that day..