Prayer Service Remarks by President Shirley Ann Jackson, Sept. 11
One of the most difficult things to do at a time such as this is to remain calm and not to overreact. Most importantly, it is essential that we not lose heart or lose our confidence in what we and others of faith and goodwill can do together to support and care for one another.
The most difficult challenge is to not hate. If what we have suffered as a nation today is an act of terrorism, what such attacks aim to do is to disrupt lifeby ending life, and by affecting those who survive. The greatest negative effect is to develop hatred against those who we may think are responsible. Whatever group the perpetrators come from, they are not all of us. We are a community. We must remain a community.
We must not give in to suspicion, fear, prejudice, or hatred. We must stay the course, persevere, and redouble our commitment to live exemplary lives and to help others as we help ourselves.