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.