On Recollection

Responding to yesterday’s reading in the video below, Ms. Julie Mullen, an administrative assistant in CUA’s Office of the Dean of Students, describes her memory of September 11, 2001 and contrasts it with things she learned about second-hand.

How did you first learn about the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001? Ms. Mullen mentions that thinking about the causes of tragic events can be valuable even if one does not come to a final answer about them. Why might this be true?

Photo: “Tribute in Lights” by Jackie is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    9/11 is something that is kind of distant from me. I was only 2 when it happened and my family is on the other side of the country, so it wasn’t something I could say I knew very well. However, after visiting NYC recently, I realized how traumatizing and life-changing 9/11 really was for a lot of people. It made all of America wake up and think about who they were against, what they needed to do, and how to respond. Some of my friends who got to witness 9/11 at hand told me how terrifying it was to literally see their city crash down in front of them. They described to me the people jumping out of the buildings, the phone calls made, and all of the people running in the streets to either help or find a safe haven. Those are things I only experience in video games or books or movies. To experience that in real life is a totally different realm to me. I hope to understand historical events from this kind of perspective, one where I can try to put myself into another’s shoes and feel what they felt.

  2. John Himmel says:

    Thinking about the reasons behind terrible things can help us gain meaning to our short time here. It can give us perspective and lend to gratitude. It can also help us to see the people who rush in to help and therefore restore our hope in humanity.

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