A Day That Will Live in Infamy

It seems so far away now.  Seven years ago the world changed.  We swore that we would never forget. That things would never be the same.  People came together.  Old friends and loves reconnected and embraced.  Neighbors helped each other.   Little kids gave pennies from their piggy banks to help those suffering.

And suddenly we saw a brave new world in front of us.

I suppose September 11th did change us, though I would argue not for the better. Instead, looking at how fast that all went away, I think it showed us that we’re only kind and generous when we’re afraid we’re going to die.

September 11th is the day that the world lost it’s collective mind.  And insanity knows no bottom.

Take now for instance.   Russia is invading its neighbors.  Gas prices are destroying the economy.  There’s a housing crisis. The police action in Iraq is going on for nearly half a decade. Illegal immigrants are flooding our borders unabated.  Greenie’s are becoming the nazi’s of the new millenium.  And what are we doing?  Acting like ten year olds on a playground.

Today, a friend of myspace put out a bulletin with the title “Why Viagra Loving Pieces of Shit Vote for McCain”.   I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  When Obama resorts to calling a woman a pig in a public forum, why should his supporters be any different? 

No, I’m not surprised.  Just disappointed.  This is what we are.  Animals.  We tear at each other’s throats and never stop to wonder why.   This isn’t an Anti-Obama blog.  Nor is it Pro-McCain.   It’s about people.  It’s about looking at the world and saying, there’s something wrong.

Seven years ago a lot of people died in the greatest tragedy in our nation’s history.  Most of them died heroes.   And some days I wonder if they weren’t the lucky ones.   I wonder if they wouldn’t be ashamed of us and what we have done with the world in the time since.   We were given a wake-up call… a warning… and we have squandered it.

But maybe… just for today, we can do it different.  Be a little nicer to everyone around us.  Tell loved ones that YES we do love you.   And forgive.  Maybe we can try to be as civilized and intelligent as we think we are.

“May God Stand Between You and Harm in All the Empty Places Where You Walk.” ~JMS

Quote of the Day:

“THERE’S SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE,

WHAT IT IS AIN’T EXACTLY CLEAR,

THERE’S A PAIR OF LINES BEING DRAWN,

NOBODY’S RIGHT WHEN EVERYBODY’S WRONG…

STOP CHILDREN WHATS THAT SOUND,

EVERYBODY LOOK WHATS GOING ‘ROUND”

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Loree on September 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Yes, please. In the midst of that hurt, I was so hopeful with who we showed ourselves to be. And it lingered for a bit, and the absence of it is deeper now for having had a glimpse.

    Reply

  2. I hope you’re feeling better, Loree.

    If not, I could do an impression of a monkey for you.

    Reply

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