The “stiff upper lip” means continuing on in the face of adversity. Not that we Americans don’t, but we are prone to hysterics and our news media constantly tries to scare us with one deadly problem or another. We must realize that no person or group can destroy our country as long as we perceive and heed FDR’s warning: “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”
The other trait, taking the long view, is the more difficult of the two, especially in the internet age. Everything is immediate. We want information NOW. We want a reaction NOW. Sometimes we need to take a step back from events so we can sort out our emotions and act rationally. Sometimes we need to forgo immediate vengeance in order to make the best decision for the future of our well-being.
This not only goes for the events after 9/11, but to the predicaments we find ourselves in now. Rather than kick the can down the road, or do what looks good for re-election without solving, our problems, we need to do what is in the best long-term interest for this country, even if it means short term pain.
I hope that the tenth anniversary has given you time to reflect on everything that has happened. I hope it made you remember how you felt, and better understand why our leaders have done what they have done during the War on Terror. And I hope it helps us to remember to love our neighbors again. We’re all in this together and we need each other to succeed. United we stand, divided we fall is as true as ever.