Shortly after 9/11, Peter Drucker wrote to friends in New York City, telling them that he was relieved to know that they hadn’t been harmed.
“Till now the U.S. had been the only major country free of terrorism—Germany, France, Japan went through several decades of it; the U.K. and Spain still live with it every day,” Drucker wrote. “If the experience of these countries teaches anything it is not to abandon daily life and civil society— that’s exactly what the terrorist wants. It is, on the contrary, to strengthen daily life and civil society and to reaffirm . . . basic values and fundamental decencies.”
On this day, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we remember and honor the victims of that terrible tragedy and resolve to reaffirm our basic values and fundamental decencies.