By Léo Azambuja
Exactly 13 years ago, an attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, on the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania took 2,977 lives.
Today, we take a day to remember those who died in this horrific attack that took so many lives, caused so much pain and divided the world.
We only hope the pain will one day give way to compassion for the victims here in the United States, and for thousands of soldiers and innocents who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars that followed the attacks.
I believe that one day, we will no longer wage wars and attacks on humanity.
We will embrace each other as family.
We will find out we all are intrinsically connected, and depend on each other for survival and greatness as a society and individual beings.
It may be a distant day, but when that day arrives, we will find out we do not need to produce weapons and train armies. We will build hospitals instead.
We do not need to kill. We need to heal.
Let’s always remember those who paid the ultimate price, because the human race wouldn’t understand that without violence, we are able to enjoy life to the fullest, to achieve freedom to do whatever we want, to be the best that we can be.
I believe we will get there one day.
But nonviolence is just a starting point.
Love is the real answer.