Remember – “only freedom can work such miracles”

 

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Remember when….

~An Ode to America ~
Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one
another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages
of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and
religious beliefs. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred
million people into a hand put on the heart.
Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, and the
secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to
empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby
to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a
helping hand.
After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over
the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors
of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in
every place and on every car a government official or the president
was passing.
On every occasion, they started singing their traditional song:
“God Bless America!” I watched the live broadcast and rerun
after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down
one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who
she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life
fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a
target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people.
How on earth were they able to respond united as one human
being?
Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of
some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone
call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed
at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.
What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their
galloping history? Their economic Power? Money? I tried for hours to
find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk
of sounding commonplace. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion…
only freedom can work such miracles.
Cornel Nistorescu

This excerpt is from a Romanian Newspaper. The article was
written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title “C”ntarea
Americii, meaning “Ode to America “) in the Romanian newspaper
Evenimentulzilei “The Daily Event” or “News of the Day”for September 11, 2001

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in the old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are,
One equal-temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

 

Ulysses
Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

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