Remembering the pain, rather than banishing it, is vital to the progression of daily life as well as to the greater functioning of society as a whole. Residing in a world of terror that is increasingly controlled by radicalized segments, individuals can easily adopt a mindset of negativity and resentment if outlets are not provided for self-expression and remembrance. It would be a folly to believe that well-wishers populate this world; that the concept of terrorism is unfounded; that radicalization is a temporary affliction to the mind that can be easily treated.
However, when looking realistically at the present world order, it must be emphasized that as strong as the concept of terror and redemption may seem, the bond between families and communities is superior. The domestic and international gatherings at the world trade center memorials and museums evidence that we are each inextricably tied to humanity in unexplainable ways. We are sympathetic to the suffering of others when we ourselves have not suffered, recognize the injustice in premature deaths, and realize that it is we who are obligated to live vibrantly for those who died.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum is a conduit between what has passed and what is yet to come. Incorporating segments of the fallen towers into the Museum’s façade, the Museum highlights the capacity for humans to be consumed by destructive tendencies. Yet, the Museum juxtaposes the evil of humanity with the purity of human goodness. Bridging the walls between tower 1 and 2, a compilation of 2,977 individually painted blue watercolor squares flank Homer’s quote “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” Spencer Finch’s work Trying to Remember the Color on That September Morning offers a beautiful condolence, which reinforces that as the living it is our duty to go forth and create memories of good that will not be forgotten even after our earthly demise.It is a choice as to whether one reflects on the good or bad of humanity. No singular day has the potential to erase the compassion of the 2,977 people lost in the towers or the outpouring of love that resulted from the cataclysmic travesty.