C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity, touched on the fact that Good and Evil both increase like compound interest. He explained that the little decisions we make every day are of utmost importance. The smallest good act today can produce great victories down the road. It goes the same for evil. Lewis put it like this, “An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
I am not an expert and would not pretend to understand what ground gave way that led to 9/11, however, this I do know. We do know that our enemy invested in their anger until it resulted in a horrid blow. Our response to that event will determine our future. If we let anger and pain rule us, we will be investing in those emotions. And those emotions will affect the decisions we make.
If, on the other hand, we invest in victory and in fighting for what is right and good, we will reap those rewards in due time. The point is, we may have been overtaken on that beautiful sunny day in September, but we certainly were not overcome.
On this day as we remember, may we move on from this moment, not investing our minds and hearts in anger or despair, but rather in what is good and right.
March on!