As I was shredding old files that we no longer need, I came across this letter from our German cable and phone company sent to all it’s American customers in the days after the September 11, 2001 attack. It reminded me of the outpouring of support Americans received overseas (well, at least in Germany), despite our political or cultural differences.
I believe it’s people who only see the world in one way who instigate tragedies like the 9/11 attacks and myriad other awful things that humans do to each other. So, I want to thank the unsung people of the world who are open enough to tolerate those who are different, and more often than not, openly support and cooperate with countries, cultures, and communities that have other practices than their own. Thank you to the citizens of Germany who brought cake and coffee to the soldiers standing guard around the clock; thank you to those who practice Islam in the western world and don’t feel the need to resort to terrorism; thank you to everyone who willingly lends a hand to their neighbor regardless of race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, etc.