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9/11 brought unity while we stand divided in the moment of the now

We stood together. In shock, in disbelief, in mourning, America stood together with social and political divisions irrelevant.
 
We stood together as Americans. That continued for I-don’t-know how long or brief. We stood together.
 
Now, today, we are foreign to each other. Enemies over what differences we can find and decisions we can react to. And the toughest part of all is knowing how we’ve moved away from the concept of unity. We’ve moved away and displaced ourselves from the values and practices that make America great.
 
Wrongs were committed and the atrocious transpired on September 11th, 2001. A different kind of atrocious transpires seventeen years later. If only we, the people, would wake up to it instead of standing firm with divisional and thinking/acting for self and striding away from each other.

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Suffering an unsound situation

A little piece of electronics fell a distance that was just over five feet.  60 inches of travel, making contact with a wooden floor. It wasn’t a heard action. It wasn’t an outright noticed incident either. It had fallen from behind the ear of this author as he sat on the edge of his bed and made preparations for use of the device itself.

And the only action derived from noticing the fall and reclaiming the object has been silence.

I went stone deaf in 1997 after a necessary operation to reduce/remove an acoustic neuroma; an inter-cranial benign tumor from my head. That tumor had already played a part in me losing hearing in both my ears during the previous four years. The surgery, for the sake of having a life, had to happen though.  When the operation occurred in December ’97, I was also implanted with what is known as the Auditory Brainstem Implant, a variation of the Cochlear Implant – a device that brings the hearing world to those who are implanted with it and who use an external sound processor to enable it. For a deaf person to adopt this technology is a chore – to learn a new dimension of life. For a late-deaf adult? It’s a miraculous resumption of a realm of living.

I’m living in silence right now and I’m in hell.

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