We all watch movies. Sometimes, the climax hidden in the end can leave us stoned, but what if a story takes as long as a century to show its real theatrical end? Only destiny writes these dramatic poems, and none is unaware of how unforeseeable the last verse can be. A small incident gets the story rolling into action and all the people come fall into the exact places at the time of the follow-up events, much-awaited. Unaware of the fact that they are a part of this big conspiracy, they make their inevitable contribution and take the story to its climax. Well, it’s unfortunate that not all of them are scripted with a happy, cheery-deary end.
Akin to how a teary and unsatisfactory end leaves us all, craving and ready to do anything for a better one, I feel that tragic endings in life are Destiny’s way of bringing changes in our society, in our mind sets and most importantly, to remind us that something is just not right and is calling for an immediate fix – Seamlessly, marking the beginning of a new story, a new era..
Who doesn’t know about the hideous 9/11 NY attacks, which are anyway brought to mention every year since their occurrence in 2001? That day at the Twin Towers; It was the end of one long forgotten story. Well, may be, but then who set it all in motion? Rather, why?
The date which is now synonymous to fear, threat, terrorism was once a beautiful significant for all the countries of the world. And it remained such for a huge span of 111 years, till fate showed us all that it was nothing but a trigger for the ironic history in its making.
11th September 1893, Chicago
A young man from the then British colonized India had traveled miles across the oceans to represent India and Hinduism(A major religious tradition in South Asia) at the Parliament of World’s Religions at Chicago. Swami Vivekananda, was an Indian philosopher, thinker, orator who culled many social evils and is remembered globally for his love and tolerance for all religions.
9/11: The contemporary definition
It was on this day that Vivekananda gave a to-be famous speech, highlighting some of the universal problems faced by the nations during those times. He spoke confidently of the power of unity and brotherhood. He inspired many as he spread ideas of love and tolerance for every religion while on a mission to promote liberalism.
In relation to secularism Vivekananda said:
. . . The seed is put in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth, or the air, or the water? No. It becomes a plant. It develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant. Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.
Help and not fight, Assimilation and not Destruction . . .
That said, now, is the most interesting part where he mentioned some things which to me seem as if time was traveling backward or maybe Vivekananda had some sort of a Deja-Vu of the future:
. . .Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal . . .
So, this was the day which marked its 125th anniversary this year. The day which everyone abhors and talks about only in their nightmares. This proud day which supposedly marked the beginning of a better planet was buried deep in history. But, if nothing else, you see – This day was the trigger for the story to get into action.
As many people were fantasizing about friendly, liberal ideas, some others were slamming such “unholy” ways which were curbing their faiths and beliefs. Destiny acted on its devilish norms and silently observed for 111 years; when the situations were in accordance with its plan, destiny chose the day which was a celebration of love and harmony between nations to remind humanity of the vows its learned men took a century back!
The paradoxical September 11, showed us all how celebrations can turn into mournings, how men can turn into savages. Vivekananda was firm that their time has come, little did he know that though the morning bell sounded the death-knell, it was for the common man and not the fanatics as terrorism since then had only widened its grab.
P.S :- So you all know now, what was wrong and what needed fixing, but what about the new story beginning I conveniently promised in the second paragraph? Well, here’s the thing…
After 9/11 of 2001, terrorism was condemned on a larger scale, now that it had scarred the Super Power. The States curbed many terrorist groups in collaboration with other countries. The world experienced what Vivekananda once preached about: The Power of love, unity and brotherhood at least during a crisis. People stand up for these ideas every year on this day. The whole point is that 9/11s have happened, are happening and will do so in the future as the planet will take some more time for complete eradication of inhumane minds, but hopefully, this time we will be more prepared as nations, as commoners. United, firm, strong. To keep it simpler – we will be there for each other.