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Reflections on September 11 … Seventeen Years Later

Reflections on September 11 … Seventeen Years Later

"Life" Issues, 9-11, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Change, Christianity, conservatism, culture, Enlightenment, faith, Four Quartets, God, Holy Mystery, Islam, Kingdom of God, memories, monotheism, Numinous, postmodernism, Religion, sadness, Shanksville, Spirituality, terrorism, The Divine, Uncategorized, United 93, violence, war, World Trade Center
As of today, it has been 17 years since two Boeing colleagues, whom I will call Roger and Ted, and I traveled on Boeing business to Salt Lake City to spend a few days working at the small Boeing engineering office there.  We had flown in the previous day, 10 September, and spent that day walking around the city, four-wheeling around the rough terrain surrounding the Lake, taking a hair-raising drive up into the front range of the Wasatch Mountains, visiting the Mormon Tabernacle, and strolling around Park City, before going to dinner at a local steak house. Next morning, 11 September, I turned on the TV in my room to watch the news as I got dressed. I was mildly surprised at being greeted by what appeared to be a picture of the World Trade Center towers burning. I say only “mildly surp
Part 1 — The Great Divide — A Look Ahead

Part 1 — The Great Divide — A Look Ahead

Consitution, Enlightenment, Reformation, Religious War, Spirituality, Tolerance
The following is a road map, a look ahead at where we are going in coming weeks.  Succeeding posts will expand on each of the boldface subheadiings by placing a kind of magnifying glass on St. Augustine, the Enlightenment, etc., concluding with the Constitution itself and the First Amendment. ******************************************************************************** But first a personal note: Several years before I retired after 30+ years with the Boeing Company, I saw the 1993 movie Gettysburg, the version with Jeff Daniels as Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Martin Sheen as Gen. Robert E. Lee, Tom Berenger as Gen. Longstreet, etc. (It is one of the best Civil War movies ever made, perhaps the best ever. Run-don't-walk and see it if you haven't.) At the end of the movie, I was a