A Sentence On Page 176
After visiting Ground Zero in February, I bought a copy of "102 Minutes : The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers" upon the recommendation of a posting on Wolfish Musings.
I came across a disturbing sentence when I reached page 176. At this point in the book, both towers had been struck by planes, thousands of people below the crash zones had already evacuated, and firefighters were slowly making their way to try to rescue people on the top floors. As they progressed floor by floor, the firefighters checked each evacuated floor to make sure everyone had left. The book then states,
"Most of the floors were empty, except for stragglers who seemed incapable of leaving their computers."
I surely hope these were people who were e-mailing their loved ones and not people who could not pull themselves away from their jobs; workaholics who could not separate themselves from their position title. It boggles my mind to imagine that a person could be so foolish.
"Man's origin is dust and his end is unto dust. He earns his bread at the risk of his life..." - from the Machzor