As a New Yorker who worked blocks away from the WTC, I will never forget that day 19 years ago. A day that started out so beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and quickly turned so tragic. The sadness in my heart that day for the countless innocent lives so tragically taken from us remains to this day.
The respect I had that day for the hundreds of first responders who without a second thought rushed into the danger to rescue others and paid the ultimate price with their lives remains today. It has been said “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the power they are graced with.” The first responders that day were heroes
The pride I had for my fellow New Yorkers and their response to the worst day in its history remains to this day. We truly were New York Strong, shaken but not broken we have risen from the ashes of that tragic day.
19 years later and still the hate that took so many from us remains, some may say it is even greater. Let us never forget 9/11/2001 and pray that as a people we will one day vanquish that hate and truly be able to say it will never happen again.
Alien #1: Are you prepared today with your recommendation on the humans?
Alien #2: I am.
Alien #1: Then this evaluation hearing shall come to order. Please proceed.
Alien #2: Thank you. As you know I have always been an advocate of humans as a species, because of their cognitive ability. When tasked with evaluating them it was my hope that I would find them to be worthy of admission into the Collective of Advanced Planets, However as I studied them I was dismayed that they have not even identified themselves as one species.
Alien #1: What do you mean?
Alien #2: When faced with their differences they do not draw strength from each other, learn from each other, grow. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Rather they choose to make it us versus them. Drawing lines along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. That combined with their thirst for power and money has led at best to turn their back on and subjugate the weak or at worst kill each other. Undoubtedly this has stunted their development as a species.
Alien #1: Yet they still do not change. Why?
Alien #2: Well I have theorized that the human mind despite all its unique and special characteristics is lazy.
Alien #1 Lazy?
Alien #2: Yes lazy. The human mind prefers to be comfortable. It is more comfortable accepting that which is familiar than that which is different. Even when they come to the realization that their actions are morally wrong and counterproductive; they choose the comfort of turning a blind eye rather than the discomfort of confronting it. Their nature is to live in the moment at the expense of their future good. One can see that in how they treat their own planet. Coupled that with their creation of and need for a socioeconomic system in which each group strives to climb over the other. I can only surmise that over the course of their history there has been a loss of a great many minds that if not extinguished would have flourished and led to the growth of their species. Regrettably, it is this lack of self-awareness that humans despite many tremendous qualities has proven they are not ready to join us.
Alien #1: Thank you we will enter your recommendation into the record and the human’s admission to the Collective of Advanced Planets has been denied.
According to the Department of Homeland Security White supremacist present the gravest terror threat to the United States of America. White Supremacists are a group of ignorant people who believe that white people are superior to everyone else, especially blacks. They feel that America is “their” country and that the rise economically, socially, and politically of people of color is a clear and present danger to what they believe is the true face of America. These people have always been a part of the fabric of America spewing their hate but over the last four years they have become emboldened once again. Emboldened by a President who spews the same hate, and with a wink and a smile tacitly approves of their actions. He does this not only because he himself is a racist, but to maintain power for himself by using their hate and belief that he is the last line of defense to keeping the face of America white.
But you know the truth? America has no face. America has many faces.
The Democratic National Convention offered us all a look at the present and future of America. How refreshing it was to see so many faces. White, Black, Latino and Asian; Men and Women; Straight and Gay; Young and Old, Progressives and Moderates. You can agree or disagree with their politics, but you can’t deny that everyone watching could personally identify with someone who spoke at that convention and that’s what makes America great.
We are a country of many different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religions, sexualities, economic levels and social beliefs, an incredible mosaic woven together to form very fabric of America. It was the founding fathers who imagined this America when they declared independence from British rule proudly stating:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
At the time it was more of an ideal than something that was practiced, there was still the sins of slavery and the displacement of Native Americans from their home land, but it was an ideal this nation was founded on never the less. Today there are still those who believe America was at its greatest when segregation was the rule of day, when opportunities for women in the workplace were far and few between, when being gay was meet with societal shame. That America is no more. America is changing, not fast-enough, but it is changing. Evolving beyond its past prejudices. We are now the majority; we are the coalition of the righteous. It is why domestic terrorism is on the rise, it is why a segment of society willingly turn a blind eye to Trump’s corruption, lies, and cling to his mantra of hate and division and a time when the majority of Americans are coming together to reject it.
They arm themselves with automatic weapons and brazenly walk through our communities. They are afraid of the new America, unwilling to open themselves up to anyone or anything that is different from themselves and what they believe to be right. This is their last stand and they know it. However, the momentum is against them, the new America is here, and it is has many faces.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
It is after all the ideal that America was founded on.
Did you really believe that the Earth is yours to do as you want with it?
Do you really believe that we cannot claim it?
Because you are already here?
Does not your own history show otherwise? What would you call colonialism? Is it not a foreign government or people seeking to expand into and assert their control over other people or territories? Have not your colonizers imposed their religion, economics, and medical practices on the indigenous people of those territories?
Have you not expanded into areas where different animal species have thrived for years and hunted them into extinction in some cases for no other reason than sport? Is it not true that feel you are justified in doing so because you thought of yourself as possessing the superior intellect?
I would think that when compared to your own history you would appreciate the Association of Developed Planets takeover of your world. It is after all in your best interest. You have chosen to ignore the multiple warnings from your planet that you are doing irreversible damage to it and you do so with little or no regard. You have chosen to overhunt what you deem to be lesser species rather than looking to create an equilibrium with them. As result you have destroyed multiple ecosystems.
Our takeover will bring a halt to these and many of your destructive practices. We are in fact saving you. Make no mistake we do this not from some feelings of love but because we think the Earth is a beautiful planet blessed with a plethora of natural resources that we can exploit and because there are those among of us that believe despite your flaws you are an intriguing species.