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*12 years Later*

Posted by on September 11, 2013
Today marks the 12th Anniversary of some kooks crashing some planes into some stuff in an attempt to change Western Society.
Signs to date indicate that it worked. For over a decade now, we've spent trillions of dollars and spent the lives of US soldiers to wage war on a fringe militant group who has fewer members than Placerville, California has citizens. We've become a nation who spies on its own citizens in the name of rooting out "terrorists" – which started out meaning "People who want to bomb our stuff" and is becoming synonymous with "people who don't support the War on Terror".

We're spending ourselves, our money, and our lives, to death chasing ghosts that can't actually hurt us. 3000 people died in 2001. 6938 soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan since then. To date, we've done more damage to ourselves than Al Qaeda. There's something seriously wrong with that. 

My final thought. As children, we develop our first permanent memories sometime around age 5. 

This year marks the year that the cohort of children who do not remember 9/11/2001 become adults. They are 17 years old, and preparing for graduation and entry into the world. They have only ever seen the events of 2001 replayed through the eyes of history, which lacks both the immediacy and the context that the people who were there have.

This year, 21% of Americans will definitely "Never Forget" 9/11 – because they were too young to remember.

Our collective therapist would tell us that it's time to let it go, to live in the present, and to let the things we want for the future guide our decisions, instead of clinging fearfully to the terrible thing that happened as an excuse to not spread our wings and be the very best we can possibly be.


7 Responses to *12 years Later*

  1. Regina Woodard

    When I was working as a telephone op, I think it was the fifth or sixth anniversary, and one of my co-workers mentioned that this was the JFK of my generation.

    She was older and clearly remember where she was and what she was doing when JFK was assassinated in 1968 and she asked, "do you remember what you were doing and where you were on 9/11/01?"

    And I did, I still do, and I agreed that it probably was the event that I would always remember. I was alive during the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Challenger disaster (which I sorta do remember), the Oklahoma bombing, Waco, and I think I was about six months old when John Lennon was shot.

    But I will always remember 9/11 and it's something I don't really want to remember. I also want to move on; I still remember 'pre 9/11' days and while I'm glad security is being looked at with more than just a shrug, going overboard doesn't help anyone.

  2. Sarah Rios

    This is exactly the problem I have every year when this date comes around. Everyone is like "never forget" and my mental response is "that's not healthy." I intensely dislike the fear state we've been put in since that day. It's been used to manipulate us into doing things, accepting things, we normally wouldn't if we were in our right minds. We've become our own terrorists.

  3. Regina Woodard

    +Sarah Rios What's funny is that we do forget, until someone reminds us that it's 9/11 and then we go "never forget".

  4. Jonathon Barton

    I saw the best Facebook conversation snipped to Imgur last night.
    a: "Do you know what tomorrow is?"
    c: "9/11"
    a: "Yes. 9/11"
    b: "Oh. I feel like an idiot now."

    I'm totally down with B's answer.

    So much so, that I think I'm going to go find that picture and reshare that sucker!

  5. Josh Warner

    You can choose to "never forget" the kindness of strangers that helped people they had never met that day, the first responders that gave their life so others could live and honor their memory, the general good natured humanity and desire to help each other that existed through that entire event and how the nation, and the world, came together in support of each other. 343 fellow fire fighters, emts and paramedics gave their life for strangers. I'm not going to forget them and it's definitely not something I need to be reminded of. This was a shinning example of how people should act. Compassion, selflessness and general concern for the well being of others. Take a look at the footage. Youll see thousands of strangers holding and comforting each other. Mass demonstrations in foreign countries lighting candles and praying for people 5000 miles away that they would likely never meet.

  6. Regina Woodard

    +Josh Warner unfortunately, Josh, that's exactly what people forget until it's 9/11.

    If we remembered that, we wouldn't have all the hate and negatively against people who don't share our thoughts, view points, and way of life.

    It's only in tragedies that people go, "OMG! We should help people!"

  7. Josh Warner

    Yes, it's in tragedies that we often look to help others. However, that's often when it's needed. It's not just large scale tragedies. I've been a paramedic for a long time. Generally speaking, there is always a stranger standing by someone in a crisis or "tragedy" as it relates to them. Next time you drive by a car wreck, look to see how many people are wondering around the vehicles. I'd venture to say at least 3 or 4 cars stopped to help and render assistant in some way to a stranger. If you go looking for negativity you're going to find it. As far as 9/11, the country does in fact have a serious case of ADD. It troubles me that so few remember or care. I usually rock my fdny hat on duty. It's just a reminder and sign of respect for those that gave everything they had for someone else.