Many months after 9.11 when the horror of the event had quieted some within my mind, we attended a dinner party.
The discussion at our end of the table was the news of that day; President Bush remained unsuccessful but adamant to uncover ‘weapons of mass destruction’. After opinions were aired on the validity of that claim, I chimed in saying, “If only he had allowed his Christian principles full rein, instead of inciting wrath. By turning the other cheek he could have changed the history of the world”. But maybe not.
A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
Emile M. Cioran
What other alternative is there if we want world peace then to adopt a non-confrontational stance to aggression?
Did you know the term Ground Zero was coined to describe the epicentre of the first test site for the nuclear bomb in New Mexico? I didn’t.
After the event of 9.11, it took over a year before my mind had the calm and quiet needed to focus on my studio work.