In still other words, what if we chose to accept the fact that every few years, despite all reasonable precautions, some hundreds or thousands of us may die in the sort of ghastly terrorist attack that a democratic republic cannot 100-percent protect itself from without subverting the very principles that make it worth protecting?
David Foster Wallace, “Just Asking,” from The Atlantic, Nov. 2007
This is the piece I re-read and re-wrestle with every year on 9/11.
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