The following paragraph was
written in response to the lesson,
Changed: Forever? and demonstrates the use of comparison
structures in English.
How My Life Has Changed
The day of the attacks I was busy making
coffee when my wife told me that something had happened in New
York, something terrible. Once I understood what (it was 7:15
a.m. so both towers had already fallen), I began to shake.
Before that morning, I had always assumed that war was confined
to places far away, but now I felt it right there in my kitchen.
Since then, my life has been changed in ways I had never
dreamed. After the attacks, I have begun to feel much less
secure, although before I had always been a pretty optimistic
person. The future of the world and of my children isn't quite
as clear any more. My country is, as I write these words,
debating new laws that may restrict the freedoms I have always
taken for granted. We've always felt lucky, my wife and I, to
have had the chance to grow up here, in a country as free and
safe as this one. But now I know, as many of you know first
hand, that such freedoms are precarious at best, and are easily
lost or taken away. When I walk through the park now, with the
smell of the ocean all around, I now experience the pleasure of
being alive with a new intensity, whereas before I would never
imagine what it would mean to lose it all. I would like to think
that these events will make us all stronger, but already I am
not so sure. Someone said recently that God was immanent (inside
us all) and was expressed in our love for one another. That made
sense to me, and though not a religious man, I do pray that we
can get past this anger and fear. But, even then, the world will
never be the same again.
ówritten on October 18, 2001.
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