The City of Kirkland is considering spending $13,500 to purchase and install a sculpture commemorating 9/11. I am strongly opposed to this purchase. Such a sculpture would only perpetuate fear, anger, and prejudice.
My heart breaks for anyone who lost a loved one in that terrible tragedy. My heart breaks for anyone who has lost a loved one in any tragedy. Does a sculpture of the tragedy help dull the pain, or only serve as a painful reminder?
Rather than dwell on the intolerance and hatred that leads a miniscule percentage of people to do awful things, let's focus on the enormous number of good things that happen in the world. Let's focus on ways to promote cultural and religious understanding and tolerance. I would support a sculpture with these themes.
We become what we dwell on. Seeing a reminder of a horrific event every day will only make us feel angry and fearful.
In contrast, a sculpture of peace and harmony sends a message of peace and harmony, and inspires people to act accordingly.
Whether you support or oppose the sculpture, I encourage you to make your voice heard by taking the city's survey regarding the purchase. The survey runs through Friday, June 6.