9/11, three years later.
The third anniversary of 9/11 will be on Saturday and it's a conveniant time to sit back and reevaluate.
What gets me about 9/11 is that if someone was instructed by aliens communicating with him through telepathy that he was the hope of the universe and that to fullfill this role he had to bomb the world trade center, and he did it, we'd all say "What a pointless tradgedy. These people died because of one person's wacky beliefs" . That's how I view the tradgedy. Pointless killing for someone's twisted beliefs which has accomplshed nothing.
However, my fellow Americans don't seem to see it in this light; they obviously want to give it more credence than it's worth because they've responded so drasticaly to it.
I'd like to see the country return to normal. Maybe after three years we'll be getting to that point. And the interlude of the 9/11 years will be remembered as a dark period in American history hopefully never to be repeated.
I can say personally that 9/11 forced me to go a lot of places with my political beliefs that I otherwise would not have gone, places which are very uncomfortable because they're so critical and negative, and I'd like for that to be over. Before 9/11 I was concerning myself with Socialist economics and the politics of promoting human fullfilment and self realization through progressive causes. I'd like to go back to that, back to studying how alternative economic systems could work instead of writerly sniping the administration and American society at every chance I get.
A three year detour away from positive work which I'd rather be doing and into negative work which I don't like so much. May it end soon.
Oh, to give some frame of reference here a child who was born on September 12th, 2001, will now be aproaching their third birthday now; this means that this new life will have learned to walk and talk, and have started turning into a real personality, totally in the years following 9/11. In one year this child will be in Kindergarten.
So there are many little universes running around there who have known nothing except the post-9/11 world, who couldn't have known anything previous. When they get old enough to really start understanding what's going on aroud them do we want this country to be like it is right now or do we want some normalcy?
Just a question.
Because it's not fair, in my mind at least, to condemn thousands upon thousands of people to growing up in a police state because they chose the wrong five years to be born in; especially when this police state could end right now if people were willing to put the past behind them and get back to normal life.
I really wouldn't imagine that having a discussion with a kid where they asked "What was democracy like?" would be very comfortable.