9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers

An insight into some of the lives lost in the September 11 terrorist attack, demonstrated by the poignant phone calls made by some of the thousands of people trapped inside the World Trade Center.

T. S. Eliot. Wilhelm Muller. Albert Camus. (‘in history we set no great store’: individually, and by the great length of the ‘cosmic time lines’ we are just will o’ the wisp’s) 

"Modern nations are driven by powerful forces along the roads of power and domination . . . They hardly need our help and, for the moment, they laugh at attempts to hinder them. They will, then, continue. But I will ask only this simple question: what if these forces wind up in a dead end, what if that logic of History on which so many now rely turns out to be a will o’ the wisp?" 

Into the deepest mountain chasms
A will o’ wisp lured me;
How to find a way out
Doesn’t worry me much.

I’m used to going astray,
And every way leads to the goal.
Our joys, our sorrows,
Are all a will o’ the wisp’s game !

Through the mountain stream’s dry channel
I wend my way calmly downward.
Every river finds its way to the ocean,
And every sorrow to its grave.

Summer of Love


Humanists have always been supportive of equality and human rights, particularly for those who are persecuted due to religious teachings because fewer people are prepared to voice their objections. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues have risen up the agenda again, with the BHA working with many other organisations to make sure these issues are discussed and that human rights are put before religion. 

Of course, freedom to express one’s beliefs is also very important, but it cannot be allowed to oppress the rights of others. The BHA, along with the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) and various local groups, have attended numerous Pride festivals this summer supporting the events and giving out information to raise the profile of Humanism. The BHA also had a stall at the GALHA’s birthday celebration. 

Our work on the Equality Bill will see us supporting moves to remove exemptions that religious organisations have in discrimination law, including against those with non-heterosexual lifestyles. We are also supporting the call for an apology for Alan Turing and supporting the Day in Hand campaign to encourage same sex couples and friends to hold hands in public with pride. 

So while various religious organisations try to use their ‘religious rights’ to discriminate against others, the BHA will continue to lobby for inclusive legislation and government policy which allows people the freedom to be who they are and speak out against those voices who try to argue that they have a ‘right’ to discriminate.

Airline Bomb Plot 2006 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8242238.stm (vague memories – today, will o’ the wisp’s: frightening chaos and delays – will o’ the wisp’s are going to jail)

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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