Yes, today is the tenth anniversary of September 11.
Yes, everyone on the Internet is posting some commemoratory commemorification thingy or another.
May I make a suggestion?
Instead of commemorating a crime against the soul of humanity by watching self-serving speeches or buying items that only serve to profit from tragedy and from the obliviousness of our fellow Americans, why not contribute to the soul of humanity by helping out someone less fortunate than you are?
That’s right. I’m suggesting volunteer work!
Help out at a soup kitchen!
Read to nursing home residents!
Hang out with homeless teenagers!
If you’re short on time and/or opportunity, donate to a charity of your choice, so they can help out other people!
If nothing else, say something nice to your neighbor.
Do something. Build something. Help someone. Disempower people who tried to turn us into something ugly by contributing to the strength of our communities. Don’t get distracted by the hand-waving, self-serving profiteering that everyone else will be sucked into.
On this tenth anniversary, I will not be watching a single speech, reading a single blog post, or purchasing a single morally bankrupt “commemorative item”. Instead, I will be taking care of sick veterans. (Full disclosure: not on a volunteer basis; it’s the rotation I’m on. But worthwhile regardless, no?)
What will you be doing?