Freedom and safety are ideals that inherently conflict with one another. The more freedom we allow, the easier it is for that freedom to be abused in the service of hatred. On 9/11/2001, our sense of safety was ripped from us.
Safety isn’t rightfully ours, not if we also want to live in a free society. Safety is something that is earned for us by someone that loves us, through their bold selflessness. No one earns safety for themselves; one is granted safety by those that are willing to forsake it on our behalf.
On this anniversary of 9/11, let us renew our commitment to freedom, and honor the brave people who grant to us the sense of safety that we enjoy. Both freedom and safety are tenuous. But we must walk a knife edge between them.