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  -----Original Message-----
From: Celia Alphonsus [
mailto:vixena73@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 12 September, 2001 6:57 PM
To:
robertec@tm.net.my
Subject: About Community Service and Togetherness

I belong to an online group and I would like to reproduce a post from one of the members in response to the terrorist attack in the US. I found it pertinent to be shared with USJ 23 because of our Malaysian, laid-back attitude towards community service and togetherness. We should not wait for tragedies to occur to show our unity.


"From: "Gerhen" infideli@h...
Date: Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:16 am
Subject: Re: Appalled

I've worked for the Intelligence & Security Command, the State Department, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to name a few.

Even before that, it was quite amazing to me that more acts of terrorism and war had not found their way onto American soil. To have freedom is to be vulnerable. The greatest safety for the population would be in a nation ruled by curfews, controlled travel, monitored living, and martial law.

The most peaceful and cooperative populations that I have seen have always been in times of tragedy. People join together to mourn or to struggle when disaster threatens to strike. Old grievances are forgotten, and diverse people come together to aid, give to, and support each other in floods, after tornadoes, and in the face of war's horror.

This is about the only time that even groups as small as towns or neighborhoods ever come together as a Community.

Community is a place where - despite inherent differences in all people - we share hopes, we share sorrows and joys, we share problems and search for answers as a single but multifaceted entity.

Only in such an environment, even if temporary, can individuals come together to achieve any true semblance of peace. Have you ever been in an emergency? Have you ever let go of your ego's tiny little prejudices to go out and do what you know to be the right thing to do?

WHY CAN'T WE DO THAT HERE?

Gerhen"


Why can't we agree on simple issues that are for the benefit of all? Why do we complain of inconveniences and the abuse of the rights of individual residents? To all those good men and women who are taking positive steps in weaving the thread that binds USJ 23, your good intentions and actions are inspiring others to help weave a beautiful tapestry of togetherness and goodwill. To those bent on unraveling the community spirit here, whatever you try to snip out or pull to pieces, the majority of the residents here are strong and resilient. Their spirit will not be broken and their resolve will not be doused.

Celia Alphonsus,

 
     

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