When a fire ravages a forest, the devastation can appear overwhelming... but from the charred ashes of what was, new life begins to grow almost immediately. That is nature's way. We cannot undo the tragic events that have befallen us. The enormity of our loss is so staggering as to defy comprehension. Perhaps an understanding -- an acceptance -- will come only through the perspective of time. But we live in the here-and-now. We must decide, in unison -- not as Americans or Russians, Chinese or Africans -- not as Catholics or Jews, Protestants or Buddhists -- not even as women, for -- without men -- we need no such distinctions -- we must decide as the human race... if we plan to survive... and then to thrive.