Another September 11th and another year older in Japan. I came to this country 21 years ago yesterday, and though the date stands for me as an anniversary of a life changing event, it represents a similar kind of event for the US and the world. At 47 years of age, things personally are great. My family is happy and healthy, and I have a job that I enjoy in a profession that I value. We live in a community that functions in a country that allows us to do things like educate our children as we wish and speak freely.
Unfortunately some of what concerns me outside of my immediate personal life is far from improved. Ten years ago, I was a flag-waving patriot. Six years ago I grieved for America's losses and stood in line with a score of others in the hot Arizona sun to give blood because it was the only thing we could do. Today America's reputation is a sullied, pathetic thing. Today I plan a life here and grieve for different American losses. Liberty, privacy, dignity, honesty, compassion, ingenuity, respect, humility, equality, and justice are treasures gained at great cost and lost in a great American sell-off by a few greedy people.
My personal life is much better than it was ten years ago. Unfortunately my country is not fairing nearly so well.