What We're Left with Isn't All Bad

Edition: November 2001 - Vol 9 Number 11
Article#: 1104
Author: Mark Thill

As you read this, roughly two months have passed since the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. To be sure, we as a nation have matured since then. We've experienced a wide range of emotions, and our thoughts about the events of the 11th have evolved as well. But we think that some things have stayed the same throughout the process.

One is the compassion that our readers (and most everyone in the country) felt (and still feel) for those who died in the attacks, those who survived, and their families. You can see this in the responses to this month's E-Vent, and you could feel it in the weeks that followed the attacks.

Second is the spontaneous desire to help out somehow, whether it be by donating blood, giving money to relief agencies or simply keeping informed of events as they unfold.

Third is the resolve of most people to stay open to and non-judgmental of their neighbors of Middle Eastern descent, and to refuse to give in to vague, misdirected feelings of fear and anger.

Fourth is the willingness to give our typically larger-than-life egos a rest, and to focus instead on what's really important, like those who need help.

And fifth is the pride that those in the medical products industry feel about what they do for a living. This came through loud and clear as we researched stories for this month's magazine. Reps, managers, truckdrivers, dispatchers and presidents of companies all seemed to find special meaning in the fact that they are the ones to make sure that people who are hurt get what they need to get better.

So, out of tragedy and sadness comes hope. Who would have thought?