today seemed the perfect day for this meme. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now, so i may as well let it out…
This day brings on so many emotions, which makes it hard, i think, to really post how you feel if it isn’t part of the norm. Don’t get me wrong–it was an absolute tragedy and one of the most memorable days in our collective psyche. But i wonder of we learned the lessons needed to learn. And the fact aht i am actually scared of saying that means to me that we haven’t.
All i have seen in the ten years since the towers fell is an increasing hatred for the “other”. And i don’t mean Muslims or Terrorists–i mean any group one would identify as other. What happened to respect for other cultures? What happened to rational thought? What happened to loving one’s brother?
i suppose we’re slow to heal, is all. I mean, there are STILL people who hate the Japanese for Pearl Harbor.
But it worries me, how quick we are to hate as a country. and before you jump into my shit–i am in no way saying we are the only ones. Lord knows there are grudges THOUSANDS of years old just across the pond.
Perhaps it is the fact that i am a mother now, and i want the world in which my son grows up to be full of the freedoms and joys i knew. But that idea is nonsense. My world was my world, and his world is his world, and the way he looks at it can only be colored by the way i look at it.
I just hope his world includes a little more kindness.
If we adopt the hate and turpitude similar to the group that performed the horrid acts of 9/11, we are no better. NO BETTER. In fact (and rev up the hate machines for this one) it makes us worse than them, because it fulfills their ideas about us in the first place.
Commemorate this day as you will, but take a few minutes to focus on forgiveness? Hate only consumes the hater.
and if you want to attack me for this–please realize this was steam of consciousness and not well formed arguments in preparation for debate.