Commemorating 9-11: Swords into Tools

…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, … nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more… — Isaiah 2:4

The terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 targeted the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and Washington DC, though the last target was foiled by passengers. A total of 2,996 people were killed, including 19 terrorists, and over 6,000 others were injured. A total of 343 firefighters and 72 police officers were among the dead.

Imagine, instead of using their energies to destroy life, they had used their hearts and minds for solving the world’s problems, and reaching out to establish bonds between people and religions. The world, indeed, would be a better place.

We would rather see that swords be beat into tools, whether plows, pruning hooks, computers, or knowledge. The technology that made the terrorist attacks possible, has greater potential to vastly improve the condition of the world’s people.

Let us dedicate ourselves to each of us growing without hate to become creators of solutions. Let us bring as many with us as we can. Humankind needs all our creative energy, all our love, and the defeat of hatred through our good actions.

Spread progress through your own goals and actions.

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David Leasure

An innovator in online higher education, David Leasure has led online university programs, problem-based approaches to online learning, and competency-based education. He has served as provost at Western Governors University, Colorado Technical University and Jones International University. Leasure earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science and was associate professor of computer science at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where he turned his interests from artificial intelligence to teaching and learning with technology. Leasure led the creation of CTU Online, served as CTU’s doctoral chancellor, and president of Jones International University. His core belief is that all students can learn and his passion is helping them and their institutions succeed.


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