September 11, 2001 sticks out in the minds of most Americans, say that today they are at least twenty years old. That day Americans learned of our vulnerability, we could be infiltrated by a "Trojan Horse, " or we had an "Achilles Heel" from our basically easy- to -breach borders.
Give me your tired, your poor, your evil..
Imagine us, the US, the super-power under attack. That's what happened to our amazement. The outcry for identifying and retaliation was deafening. American flags were in shortage from all of the surfacing patriotism.
Did WE Learn?
It is pain and/or dread of pain that causes many to hit their bottom in life. The pain of consequences for the alcoholic's trifecta in one year. He/She has had three jobs, three OVIs, and booted out of the home three times by their spouse. The addict having enough pain from having nowhere to go after burning every bridge may seek help. The angry controlling spouse experiences the pain of rejection from their truly better-half and children, that they begin to think "maybe I'm wrong."
The loss of a job, relationship, or incarceration, or bankruptcy may be a few of the many different hurts it takes to finally do something like, seek help. Like America's sudden stirring on that fateful day in September, we tend to forget as life returns to normal.
In a few months, American flags were seen less and less. The enthusiasm for vengeance waned, and the pacifist who hid in the shadows during the initial rush to judgment, was making their "I told you so" speeches via the net. Our enemies were still dancing in the streets in large numbers.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana, The Life of Reason
In a short time, the alcoholic, addict, gambler, control freak, et al, do the same thing if they haven't made drastic changes by hearing the advice of those helping. Let this message be clear, enough pain will drive people in trouble to seek help, but vivid memories of the pain may be enough for many to make changes in whatever way, to remain free. For most, however, take the 911 fade approach. The pain fades from view, back to find new ways to hurt.
"But it has happened them according to the true proverb, 'A dog returns to his own vomit, and a sow having washed to her wallowing in the mire." 2 Pet.2:22
Do you remember that day? Do you remember how deep of a pit God pulled you from?
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.