“the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts.” (a. solzhenitsyn)
it isn’t without hesitation that i speak now of september 11, 2001. eighteen years ago today. both yesterday and an eternity ago.
there is a dividing line that is the place of before and after. in many ways, this date, september 11, 2001, marks that line. a time when, before which, we innocently and trustingly got on airplanes to fly to destinations we anticipated with great joy. a time when, before which, it didn’t occur to us to be wary in crowded places, to know how to exit, to navigate fear, let alone terror. a dividing line.
but the truth of it is, there has always been good and evil. the division has always existed. history demonstrates that evil – in all its iterations, big and small – rears up like a wild stallion, flailing at goodness, rejecting compromise.
and when i look around, at the world, at our country, at this little island microcosm, i see that our collective hearts have not learned. it saddens me to know that as my children continue to grow, adults in 2019, this has not changed.
solzhenitsyn’s quote continues: “And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained.”
i pray that this ‘small bridgehead of good’ will cross the dividing line and, like a snowball rolling downhill across a field of white, will grow…eventually bigger than any iteration of evil. it’s our only hope.