Fifteen years ago, it was past 9pm and I was on my usual station in front of the computer, engaged with friends from school via our Yahoo Group. Behind me, my aunts and uncles were watching CNN International. It’s a habit at home; if there’s nothing interesting anywhere else, we tune in to the news cable channels before the local evening news.

It was surreal watching the World Trade Center collapsing from the other side of the world, from the side where we have already lived through that day, almost done with September 11, and that we were already watching what was happening to the rest of mankind as we conditioned ourselves for the next day. 

But as everyone knows, tomorrow would never be the same. The attacks resonated across time zones, across the seas, across the wide stretch of lands. It united some societies the same way it divided many and redefined “war” and “terrorism”. 

Remembering the consequences of the past 15 years, 9/11 did not change the world; it revealed more what we are.


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