Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Forgive and forget?

I have a picture of my son, taken on the 11th of Sept. 2001, blissfully unaware of the two explosions that shook the world. He was almost one year old on that day. The picture is of him riding his tricycle, the soft warm sun on his smiling face.

Children are allowed to be unaware of the presence of evil. That's the foray of adults.

The evil that destroyed the twin towers on that day didn't care about the innocents. It's the same evil that sends suicide bombers into pizzerias and crowded markets. It's an evil that send suicide squads into schools full of children.

Children are allowed to forgive evil and even forget that it exists. Adults are not.

Adults have the world view and experience based on history to recognize evil and realize that they've seen it before, at another time at another place. Children do not.