Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Red Bandana
It's hard to believe that ten years have already passed since the horrific events of September 11, 2001. That date is correctly remembered as a day in which unspeakable evil was committed. However, that date should also be remembered as a day in which extraordinary goodness was carried out. Perhaps this dichotomy can best be understood through something as simple as a red bandana.
Cell phone calls made by passengers on at least one of the hijacked planes revealed that terrorists donned red bandanas before taking over the flight. In radical Islamic circles, red bandanas had become a signature of some terrorists in their attacks against Westerners. The clothing represented pure evil.
Contrast those red bandanas with the one worn by a young man named Welles Crowther. His piece of clothing represented pure goodness. If you aren't familiar with his story, this video is well worth watching:
On a day in which terrorists used red bandanas as a symbol of the evil they were about to commit, there was a young man who used a red bandana as a symbol of the goodness he was about to carry out. These polar opposite reasons for wearing the same type of clothing demonstrate that what matters most isn't what we wear, but rather how we act. Although there are times when the clothing makes the man, it's usually the man who gives meaning to the clothing.