I was visiting the site of the World Trade Center with some friends recently and name across a striking illustration from one of my favorite Stanley Hauerwas articles.
Along the southwestern edge of the site there is a covered walkway that takes visitors to the shops at 1 World Financial Center. This walkway includes several large floor to ceiling windows that look out over the footprint of the WTC. However, covering two–thirds of these windows were huge advertisements for some of the stores in 1 WFC. One add in particular features an idealized, smiling, well-to-do couple and the word “shop”.
So, being who I am I took a picture (actually two as it‘s hard to take a picture of something inside and outside at the same time) and assembled it into what you see below
If you can’t make it out, the quote is as follows:
I think the misery of the American public and the world in which we live can be seen nowhere better than in the suggestion…that we must take up our
responsibilities as citizens and respond to the attacks by shopping.
Stanley Hauerwas, September 11: A Pacifist Response