I think I watched this video looking for a grief that far surpassed my own experience on 911. I want perspective for myself. Given the wreck I was when Katrina affected my family, I really admire the strength of New Yorkers and all the ordinary people who experienced September 11th directly.
One of the images that seared itself into my consciousness was the man caught in mid-fall at the WTC.
A lot of people construe the jumpers as suicides, and I’m not of that lot. I see those people as having made a choice. Perhaps between two types of death. Perhaps most never eliminated the possibility they would survive, however broken. After all you do hear occasionally about the skydiver that lives to tell about the faulty parachute.
The man’s body in the photograph is positioned as the hanged man. The archetype symbolizes a release, accepting what is, surrendering to experience, ending the struggle, being vulnerable and open, giving up control, and accepting God’s will.