Today is 9/11/13

On this day, when many of us remember a September 11th that felt out-of-order
(to say the least), we may find some comfort in… order.

9   11  13

is a sequence of consecutive odd numbers.

You may remember this from first grade, or from watching Cyberchase with your preschooler.

Or, it may have come to you quite accidentally while you were eating a chunk light tuna and cucumber unsandwich (aka tuna and cucumber on a plate.)

There you are, crunching away, and you think to yourself:

I wish I had time today to read or write a personal essay about the events of 9/11/01.

Then, out of nowhere, from where thoughts often arise, you see numbers scroll in your head.

9/11/13

Ahhh…that’s a nice pattern, you think. I wonder if there’s some gematria value or significance.

You add the numbers together in your head, 9 + 11 + 13 = 33.

Ah, you sigh again, 33. A double digit with repeating numbers. Nice.

You are also somewhat relieved that the numbers didn’t add up to 66.

You chuckle to yourself because you are superstitious.

And because you are suddenly present in that moment to how robot-like we human beings can be.

How quick we are to search for order as a way to make sense of madness.

But then, what else is there to do on 9/11, but search for ways to make sense out of madness?

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One thought on “Today is 9/11/13

  1. Because I totally get what you did with those number (I have a minor in maths), here’s the culmination of the path you took with the numbers.

    3+3 = 6.

    There are 6:
    Points on a Star of David
    Orders of the Mishnah
    Symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate
    Yahweh took 6 days to create the world in the Old Testament Book of Genesis; humankind was created on day 6. In the City of God, Augustine of Hippo suggested (book 11, chapter 30) that God’s creation of the world took six days because 6 is a perfect number.
    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot starts on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan

    In Islam:
    There are Six articles of belief
    Fasting six days of Shawwal, together with the month of Ramadan, is equivalent to fasting the whole year

    In Hindu theology, a trasarenu is the combination of 6 celestial paramānus (atoms)

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