Posted by: mydarkestplaces | September 13, 2011

That Day That Shall Not Be Named, But Was Kind Of A Big Deal

I didn’t want to  buy into the whole “9/11 anniversary” thing. Or, as I recently called it, “That Day That Shall Not Be Named, But Was Kind Of A Big Deal.” The mainstream media, a grouping that I tend to be ambivalent about, made a HUGE deal out of it. Perhaps rightly. It was certainly a definitive moment in our nation’s, our world’s, history. The falling of the Twin Towers, the craters left in the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, were certainly a tangible representation of the tear that would happen in the world of international relations.

On the other hand, That Day That Shall Not Be Named, But Was Kind Of A Big Deal was, and continues to be, something that touches all of us in a way far deeper than any surface reflection can touch. We remember with horror film of the first, and then seeing live the second, plane flying into the towers. Those of you who were in New York or DC at the time may remember seeing both with your own eyes. None of these feelings have faded. We don’t need incessant coverage of the coverage to remind us of that day. Nor does it feel right to have a flashback to that day on the news, and then “well, it’s going to be a gorgeous day let’s check in with the weather.” Instead of being touching, the Mainstream Media’s coverage seemed to be taking advantage of a horrific time in order to boost ratings. Worse, there were times it felt like Sunday was nothing more than a patriotic penis contest, “Which network/football/baseball team is more patriotic; quick flash your stars and stripes.”

That Day That Shall Not Be Named, But Was Kind Of A Big Deal, more than the global implications, was SO personal. Nobody was unaffected by it, nobody IS unaffected by it. It should not be, it cannot be, monetized. Additionally, so many traumatic events have happened in the rest of the world before, and since, then. There is absolutely NO DOUBT this was a MAJOR event, again, with global implications. But this was not the only terrorist attack with major casualties. But to put things in perspective: since March, there have been more than 2,500 casualties in Syria. Not at the hands of “terrorists”, but at the hands of the Syrian government.

We, as Americans, can no longer afford to think of ourselves as the center of the world. That Day That Shall Not Be Named, But Was Kind Of A Big Deal brought us together (temporarily, at least) as a nation and as a world. We need to reclaim that feeling.


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