The 9-11 Degrees of Separation

I have been thinking about Zacarias Moussaoui’s trial and an important lesson taught by the tragedies of September 11, 2001. We really all are connected, in more obvious ways than we realize. There’s a concept called “six degrees of separation,” which Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy proposed in the 1929 short story “Chains.” The concept proposes that no two people are separated by more than five intermediaries, which works out to six degrees of separation.

The question for readers: How far do you have to go from yourself, in terms of people you know or people who know people that you know, before you get to someone impacted by 9-11? In my experience, not far at all.

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