Although some things changed permanently on September 11, some of these changes seem to have been for the better. I am encouraged that many people are paying more attention to the things that really matter these days. Politeness seems to be coming back, and people are forgoing "reality TV" and other frivolous pursuits to watch CNN and learn more about what is going on in the world. It is unfortunate that these positive developments have come at the cost of thousands of lives. I hope that these changes will endure, and I hope that although we are starting to get on with our lives, we will never forget the tragedy of these events.