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World Trade Center

Mom and I just saw Oliver Stone’s movie “World Trade Center”: last night. It is a triumph. It captures the mood of the people and the nature of their heroism in a straightforward manner that’s both simple and powerful. No political statements, no moralizing; just a matter of fact presentation of this horrifying reality with such artistry that it inspired me, not to retribution but to empathy and compassion for those who suffered. What I remember most from the movie, at least in part, is a simple quote from John McLoughlin, one of the Port Authority cops whose dramatic rescue story is told. He spoke of humanity’s capacity for evil, which we surely learned from 9/11; but he more importantly stressed the good that he experienced that day: “people helping other people for no other reason than it is the right thing to do.”

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