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"This is how hope works: it looks for the good in people and situations, rather than finding the worst; it discovers what can be done instead of throwing up its hands at what can't; it considers problems large and small, as opportunities to

move forward when it would be easier to quit; it makes us human, helping us find the very best in ourselves for those around us and the situations we face. "—Kevin Eikenberry

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When I woke up the day of the terrorist tragedy, my wife told me what happened. I thought she was making it up and wondered why she'd make up something so horrible. Then I watched it on TV, and at first thought it was just special effects, then maybe that I was dreaming. It's insane and senseless. Unimaginable and unbelievable.

Something like this is outside the imagination of everyone except those so ignorant and filled with hate that they no longer have a shred of humanity left. Right now I alternate between being angry, then sad, then fearful, then angry again.

Yes, there needs to be a swift, strong reaction that says this cannot happen again. We must find justice for these events and punish the people responsible. But there is a difference between justice and revenge—We must be careful we don't become as bad as they are.

While the actual events are horrible, in the long run what may be even worse is what it makes us all feel. I have always believed in peaceful solutions, and yet when I saw this, and people in the middle east dancing with joy over this event—my first reaction was that whoever did it should be wiped off the face of the planet—they don't deserve to live.

I hated myself for thinking that—because then I was thinking the same ignorant things as the people who did this. Hate never leads to anything good. An "eye for an eye" only leads to another eye for another eye, until everyone is blind.

Fifty years ago Golda Meier said, "I can forgive them for killing my children. I cannot forgive them for forcing my children to kill theirs."

It's sad that it's so much easier to destroy than to build. It took years to build those buildings, years for the people inside to grow and learn and create families and lives. And all this growth was destroyed in seconds. Do we want to become part of that cycle of destruction?

No. In this time of turmoil, of intense hate from all sides, we have to be careful not to be so swept away that we lose site of our own humanity.

How do we do this when faced with people are willing to give their own lives for insane beliefs? I don't have the answers. The only way to find them is to all work together, across the globe, with passion and compassion. To I hope we can remember that we ALL are brothers and sisters (or at least distant cousins).

After the attack, people started worked together, giving their time, money, and humanity. It reminded me that most people are inherently good. We have to remember that this isn't about countries, it's about people.

The latest genetic discoveries reveal all people are about 99.9 percent genetically identical. So no matter how different way may look or act—we're really far more similar than different. Under the skin (and even in the skin) we're all almost identical. So don't be afraid of people who are different. Remember they're 99.9% just like you—and you can learn from the .1% that's different.

Instead of letting this split us into pieces, we must make this horrible event bring us together—across races, across borders. This is the time to pray for world peace—together.

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Ten years ago I was driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It can be a long, bland, boring drive when you take the inland route, with even the smallest towns few and far between.

I was in the middle of nowhere when smoke started coming out of my car. It was a Sunday, too, so even if I found a town, I didn't think anything would be open. I saw a town called King City which, at the time, consisted of a fast food restaurant, a gas station, and little else.

But the gas station was open—even the service area. I walked in to find the cleanest service area I've ever seen. You could have truly eaten off the floors. The owner was middle-eastern, and he fixed my car, then and there, for $8 (when he could have told me I needed expensive parts and I would have believed him).

He had this sign on the wall. I wrote it down and have never forgotten it:

He who knows not and knows he knows not, is simple—Teach him

He who knows not and knows not he knows not, is a fool—Avoid him

He who knows and knows not he knows is asleep—Wake him

He who knows and knows he knows is wise—Follow him

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John Perry Barlow wrote that "The goal of terrorism is to paralyze the American government by encouraging totalitarianism." We can't allow this to happen.

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WAYS TO HELP:

Wherever you, are please call and give blood if you can. The Red Cross can always use blood. Call 1-888-BLOOD-88 or 1-800-GIVE-BLOOD. You can donate money online at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp

You can call America's Blood Centers at 1-888-BLOOD-88 to schedule an appointment.

To donate money to the Red Cross for assisting victims of the attacks, call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

The United Way of New York and The New York Community Trust have established a fund to help the victims of Tuesday's attacks and their families. Anyone wishing to contribute may call (212) 251-4035.

To make donations to the Salvation Army for helping the victims, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

For more information on helping victims of the U.S. attacks, visit www.Helping.org - this excellent site is run by the AOL foundation and collects donations for charity without taking any part of the money.

Online Blood Bank Locater http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed/blood

Call 1-877-REDCROSS or email contribute@arcgny.org To make a donation of goods.

Amazon.com's Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund page

Donate emergency supplies to NY: http://home.nyc.gov/suppliesform.html

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