I had never heard of this infamous photograph, The Falling Man, until just this week. Apparently it has been widely banned and condemned. While I have utmost sympathy for those that lost loved ones in the attacks on September 11, 2001; I don’t think it should be hidden from the public. We need to be reminded of that day and its horrors.
Journalist Tom Junod wrote a masterful column on the photograph in 2003. The entire article is poignant, but this quote brought tears to my eyes.
Is Jonathan Briley the Falling Man? He might be. But maybe he didn’t jump from the window as a betrayal of love or because he lost hope. Maybe he jumped to fulfill the terms of a miracle. Maybe he jumped to come home to his family. Maybe he didn’t jump at all, because no one can jump into the arms of God.
Oh, no. You have to fall.
Here’s the rest of the article.
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May God bless America.