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Different responses

It’s understandable that “Fahrenheit 9/11” will/has triggered different responses in each person.

The staunch Republicans may, rightly so, feel disrespected and everyone else may or may not find pieces falling into place. I didn’t hear or see anything radically different from what I’ve heard, piecemeal, previously in the media. It was just put together in a chronological timeline.

Something I did take from “Fahrenheit 9/11” was the heart-opening connection to the families who’d lost loved ones on 9/11 and in Iraq. Moore had a powerful way of portraying both experiences. If you’re going to see “Fahrenheit 9/11” with anger in your heart, yes, you will find reasons to further justify this anger, be it for or against.

During this film I asked myself: Does anger engender peace? Do I really want peace or just to feel vindicated? In the quiet, nonpartisan depths of my heart and mind, these questions vied for answers, and I wondered what answers I would find within to justify my next step, my next thought.

Do my thoughts follow the precept, “To thine own self be true,” and if not, how can I expect positive change in my self, family, community, country or world?

Michelle Schaefer

Grass Valley

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