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Yesterday as I was waiting for my repairs... I was watching a lot of the morning talk shows on ABC. (It was either that or stare at my toes. A tossup as to which was more boring) And... there was a lot of discussion about September 11, last year.

On this day last year, I was in Traverse City, Michigan; unemployed. I received a message from a friend that I spent a lot of time with in EverQuest, saying that he didn't know if I had heard yet, but he and his wife were fine. I was confused, didn't know what he was talking about. Then I heard a plane had crashed. Oh... well that's tragic, but hardly affects my life.

Then we turned on the news.

Everyone has felt the results of that day, so I won't go into the horror that I personally felt as I began to fully understand what was going on.

That night, all the gas stations hiked their prices up, and people were hitting the stores and stations in a panic.

I was reading the link that duncandahusky and daveqat posted, about making today 'Enough' Day, rather than patriot day.... and.. forgive me if this is incoherent, but my thoughts haven't had a chance to crystallize yet.

It's... sad, that the US treats this day as if we're the only ones that have lost loved ones to political violence. I agree with the article. The US, I feel, thought itself... invulnerable... to the strife that plagues the rest of the world. Now, we've had reality shoved in our faces. We are no more inviolate than the Israelis, the Palistinians, or any of the other countries in the world. I believe that it's become too easy to make a distinction. Us, and them. Where the 'them' are given the face of terrorists, lumping innocents and guilty together, making them something less than human.

I don't know. I'm not saying we should welcome people that have proven that they want to hurt us into our country... but I do believe that...clinging to the tragedy is more of a political thing rather than real grief. If the politicians continue reminding the country of what was lost, it fans their anger; and thus the cycle of violence continues.

And that... I think... is the real tragedy.


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Sep. 11th, 2002 06:32 am (UTC)
The closest parallel I think of is the attack on Pearl Harbor. Both 9/11 and the attack on Pearl Harbor woke us from "slumber", so to speak, and galvanized us into action. Both reminded us that we weren't 'safe' from the world's problems, and its very usual that this country can't ever seem to collectively *remember* this. Half of me thinks this is a good thing, as it allows us to get on with our daily lives and keep our quality of life. But it is also a bad thing, as it leaves us vulnerable and naive.

My parents both grew up in Long Beach, California. It was a major Naval shipbuilding yard, and tradeport during the start of WWII. The attack on Pearl Harbor was TERRIFYING to coastal California residents. The real fear of Japanese invasion was always on their mind. My parents had told me stories about how "war time" life was like and how frightened and angry people were, and honestly, I never truly was able to understand it. That is, until 9/11.

Over time, 9/11 will become like "Pearl Harbor Day". The rememberance will be there, but the pain will be gone. It will only exist in the hearts of those that were personally affected by it.

I think its very important to remember the pain and anger of this anniversary. Its history and its a *lesson* in world existance. Its a somber reminder that the freedoms we take for granted have to be fought for, and were earned with blood. Cycle of violence? The world is an exceptionally violent place, and to keep our relative "peace", we must occasionally fight for it. Pray that we temper this violence with wisdom.
Sep. 11th, 2002 06:35 am (UTC)
Thank you Skorzy... that is, in a nutshell, what I was trying to express.

*hug* I'm not very good at expressing myself sometimes. Especially when my mind's on other things. :p

Sep. 12th, 2002 09:41 pm (UTC)
The passage where you mention the lumping of the people of other countries together describes the exact sort of behavior that aggravates me most when I see other people around me doing it. In short, I agree with you entirely. When it first happened, I heard lots of people say things to the effect that "We should bomb Afghanistan back into the Stone Age"... Except I couldn't comprehend the idea, considering we weren't attacked by the country of Afghanistan, only a group of dissident extremists therein. To that effect, I certainly wouldn't appreciate being bombed every time the Klan or some radical backwoods militia group attacked someone from a different country.
I think all that came out the way I meant it.
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