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Published on Jul 5, 2009
On September 11, 2008, I made a commitment to bow in a public place on the 11th day of each month at 8:46 AM, EDT, the time the first hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, setting it on fire (The video is from the first year I bowed at Ground Zero on 9/11)
I’m bowing to the part of me that knows the difference between useful and harmful behavior.
What I have come to call the 9/11 Bowing Project, centers around the idea that the impulse to hurt another is present in every human heart. Unless we recognize it and choose not to act on it, it will seek expression in ways we cannot control.
The act of bowing is, for me, the most personal and most accurate image of what I feel each of us needs to keep doing in our own way, if we are ever to measurably reduce suffering within the human family.
The intention of the project is to honor the lives lost to violence on September 11, 2001 and throughout history, by encouraging myself and others to witness this desire-to-destroy within ourselves, and choose not to act on it.
Thus we could transform the legacy of our losses into a giant forward-leap in human awareness.