The past week has been heavy. We have been inundated with documentaries, pictures, expert analysis, people’s stories, etc. of 9/11. I didn’t watch any of it. My partner still can’t watch that stuff. Plus, it’s just depressing. 3497 lives lost. Families devastated. I didn’t want to see the twin towers collapsing in a week-long loop on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.
I don’t know. People might have needed this stuff to help them deal with it, so I’d never begrudge them of that. I just had to hang back.
It’s 9/12. It’s no longer the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It’s time to get back to working on the problems that plague us in 2011. We’re still in 2 wars and bankrupt from them. Our economy is in the toilet, and we’re more divided than ever. These are things that we should be working on. Maybe we can shift our focus from 10 years ago to now.
September 12th, 2011 at 2:03 AM
Well said! We have too many problems to stay diverted from their solutions.
September 13th, 2011 at 9:14 AM
Definitely way too many problems.
September 12th, 2011 at 3:26 AM
Great point. I too was weary of seeing the collapsing towers over and over. But I not only never saw it, I was surprised on the number of stories that I appreciated.
September 13th, 2011 at 9:16 AM
I’m sure there were a lot of really great stories of heroic actions.
September 12th, 2011 at 3:45 AM
I’m glad someone else feels the way I do. I know most of this stuff by rote and having the media go over this again as they do seems almost exploitative.
September 13th, 2011 at 9:17 AM
People have definitely made the exploitation point. Some of the victims’ families need these I think.
September 12th, 2011 at 6:20 AM
The word “remember” comes from ‘re + member” and actually means to put the pieces back together (re-member) in order to heal and move forward. This past week we haven’t been re-member, or putting anything together — we’ve been wallowing, and deconstructing — but as you so wisely point out – the pieces are still far apart.
If we really want to honor and remember 9/11 we need to put the pieces back – get out of 2 vengeance/profit fueled wars, support public service and first responders, and create commerce and a solid system of economics – which was what the world trade center stood for in the first place.
September 13th, 2011 at 9:20 AM
Implementing all those would definitely be the best way of honoring them.
September 12th, 2011 at 7:19 AM
I’m so glad you said what I’m thinking. Thank you for cutting to the heart of the matter.
September 13th, 2011 at 9:23 AM
September 12th, 2011 at 11:21 AM
September 12th, 2011 at 2:59 PM
I’m with you, beaglezmom. But I hope that the people who were directly affected benefitted from the tributes and media coverage, even in some small way. Perhaps, it was important to them. I don’t know – how do you ever, ever get closure from that kind of loss? If it did anything for me, it was a reminder that we in the U.S. can no longer act as though it can never happen to us.
September 16th, 2011 at 2:15 PM
Amen, SL. But for me, a prerequisite for “moving on” with any chance for a safe future for my kids involves wrapping our collective heads around the real causes of the 9/11 attacks, so we can make them stop happening.
‘Cause, you know, that sucked!!