Before he became known as one of the most amazing actors in history, Steve Buscemi was a firefighter for New York’s Engine 55. Upon the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, Buscemi dug out is old gear and volunteered to rescue the trapped and recover the deceased. It’s inspiring to know that a person who could do nothing and take no flack for his choice decided to do everything he could because he knew that there were family members and friends who needed closure, and he knew that the sooner the job was done, the sooner an entire nation could begin to heal. He was skilled and equipped to make it happen, and he also had a caring, genuine, humanitarian heart.
On this anniversary of the attacks, I don’t want to rile everyone up with the “America! F**k, yeah!” attitude. I just want to remind people that, at one time during my lifespan, the citizens of the USA were truly united. Not because of patriotism or politics…but because many were devastated, and the rest had reached such a deep level of empathy that they could be nothing but helpful and supportive of their neighbors. For once in my lifetime, humankind was something to be proud of. Why’d we forget so quickly?