Readers of this blog know the great admiration I have for Father Mychal Judge - I've written about his life on the last two 9/11 anniversaries (here and here) and I encourage you to learn a bit more about this incredible man who rode with "his boys" to the fiery Towers and whose name adorns the first death certificate issued for that terrible, terrible event.
For some things, there is no logic, there is no reason. Seeking one will drive you around the bend. So what do we do? How do we go on in a world which can seem to be driven by madness and chaos?
We stand. And we stand tall.
J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) considered the cosmic questions raised by the horrors that we now call "9/11" and he, along with the artists John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna, issued his answers in an unusual format. At the time, Straczynski was writing The Amazing Spider-Man. It makes sense - Spidey is a hero closely associated with New York City; he always has called the Big Apple his home. But how could a comic - a child's plaything - make sense of or find order in the midst of Hell?
I've included only a few panels here - you really should find the story for yourself. I'll freely admit to tearing up as I read it and I can be a hard case sometimes. Go seek it out - it's The Amazing Spider-Man, issue #36. You can find it in the trade paperback "Revelations" for about ten bucks.
It's so worth it.
|Spidey arrives at the Twin Towers.|
|"Only madmen could contain the thought, execute the act, fly the planes. The sane world will always be vulnerable to madmen, because we cannot go where they go to conceive of such things."|
On this day of somber remembrance, be at peace. Heroes walk among us. And they don't wear Spandex tights or masks.
Resolve to be worthy of them.