But that's not important right now. I just finished reading this article (Cult of the Dead Cow #396 - A Firefighter's Account of Ground Zero Following 9/11). It's the story of a man (John Kozubik) who hitchhiked from Virginia to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks to volunteer as a fireman. It is not a feel-good piece - it is exactly what it claims to be, and succeeds as the retelling of one man's wish to do something to make the world a better place in the face of an adversity beyond comprehension. It is not a political piece - it is a deeply personal response from a man in touch with his experiences.
It's a very long piece - but you will be grateful for trudging as far as you did when you make it to the end. Somehow, that seems most appropriate to me right now.