What's the Best Thing to Come Out of the Terrorist Attacks on America?

Week of September 26, 2001

Theresa Hard
International Recruitment, Webster University
"I think the best thing is that it brought people back to God for comfort and answers. I heard on the news this morning that students in some schools recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and they were given time for prayer or reflection. Hearing that gave me warm fuzzies inside, because public-school kids haven't done that since I was a child."

Audrey Krause
Graduate Student, Washington University
"I'm reluctant to say anything good will come out of it, although I am fearful of blind patriotism and the U.S. reaction to these events."

Kevin Cozort
Service Manager, RPM
"If anything good comes out of this, it's the end of harboring dangerous organizations. I think tolerance in our country is way out of hand. If you target a group because of their ethnic origin you have to tiptoe around it, even though they're mobsters. So I hope this thing gives the government more teeth to investigate and punish wrongdoers without fear of criticism from the general public."

Joe Olk
English Major, Webster University
"That short-lived feeling of community and helping others. And then, in a kind of salute to the Calvinist work ethic, the president says, 'Time to get back to work,' but I think people still wanted to help. And even though we're back to work and back to school, there was this wonderfully genuine appreciation of the condition of humanity."

The Rev. Ed Richard
Associate Professor, Kenrick Seminary
"If we can speak of it in terms of anything good, then I would say it's the way people have responded in solidarity with the victims and the renewal of a sense of faith in God's help. You have to be proud of how Americans have pulled together. As a Christian, I count my blessings, but this tragedy, in an unparalleled fashion, has helped me be appreciative of those blessings."

Cheeraz Gormon
Photographer, Door 5IVE
"What's best to me is getting to see the bigger picture. I took the situation personally. I have three good friends who live in New York. You realize there's a lot more to everyday life. It's not about the stock market plunging or which sports events didn't happen. It's about the people. We need to recognize each other personally and not just bump into each other on the street."