Last year, I wrote a huge reflection on 9/11 and what it means today 9/11: A New Perspective . It covers the more analytical perspective of 9/11 versus the more commonly seen emotional side. In essence, what it means politically and what could possibly prevent more events like it. Terrorism is still a huge threat in our society and others like it, and unlike many of the days that we all remember, is still relevant in the contemporary sense. Pearl Harbor is not forgotten, yet the threat has passed. WWII is over, we no longer hate Japan, nor is Japan a dictatorship. The JFK assassination was huge, but we moved forward as a nation and kept a stable country going. However, 9/11 is still an open wound, partially because it is still recent compared to those days, but also because the fear isn’t over. We can remember Pearl Harbor as a bad day in our history, for example, but we no longer have that fear we did when it happened. I get it, the thought of potential new 9/11 like events is still a reality. The fear that “it” could happen tomorrow, near you, affecting you, is very powerful. Much of history and how it played out universally was based on fear and emotion over what could happen. In the 40’s we feared we’d lose to major dictatorships, in the 50’s we feared the spread of communism and a possible WWIII. Yeah, terrorism is the threat of today, and we’re all weary.
Despite that, however, I still believe we can improve. We don’t have to let fear and emotion stand in the way of more logical thoughts. On this day, many people take it to remember and for many bloggers out there, write a little piece on 9/11 chronicling what they were doing or what happened. As mentioned last year, many are from an exceedingly emotional standpoint, and few from a more analytical one we use when talking about other historical events. I have also noticed, that many recycle the same information and opinions. Year after year, everyone spouts the same thing, the same perspective, the same facts, over and over again. Now, my perspective on 9/11 hasn’t changed much from last year either, but I began to think this year, why repeat the same things I said last year? To be honest, I think that’s what turned me off greatly from the topic of 9/11 and other popular emotionally charged historical events. Every year, whether it be in school or in society, all I hear is the same information and opinions, nothing new, no fresh perspective, unique angle, different way to look at it. We all know and learn the basic facts about that day, the planes, the places, the people, pretty much. We know it was terrorism, and that it shook the nation and devastated countless families. We’ve covered that for about a decade already, we know. The other thing too, yes, we were devastated, we grieved for everyone who lost their life, we were angry at who did it and we want to “never forget” it. Year after year, that’s all we have to say.
However, why not challenge ourselves to think more? If we really need to spend a day remembering this tragedy, why not challenge ourselves to think about it from a new angle? Many seem to focus on that one day in 2001, but why not expand the dialogue to how it’s still relevant today in today’s climate? Why not take the day to think more about the complex topic of terrorism in today’s world, to the surprise of many, it’s not all black and white, good vs, evil. It’s a cause and effect scenario, in my opinion. Instead of going over and over and over all of the details and feelings of one day in one moment, why don’t we start to move forward by thinking forward to the issues we face today in light of 9/11? Many feel that by not fixating on that one day, we somehow forget the impact of it all, but I digress. We can still remember what happened on 9/11/01, no one’s saying let’s have collective amnesia and be in denial! However, we should move forward from that day, focus more on how it affects us today, each year in light of current events. 9/11 started a change in our society and politics, probably forever, we’re never going to be the same nation we were on 9/10/01. Let’s start intelligent dialogues on that realization, for example. One thing is sadly true, and was true throughout history: there will be more bad days. There will be days in future generations to come that will have the impact 9/11 had on us, or Pearl Harbor had on our grandparents. Maybe not terrorism, but until humanity learns to live in peace, there will be other tragedies. It’s how we handle them, in the moment, and how we move forward that defines how much of an impact it will make. 9/11 seems like the be all – end all right now, but we do, unfortunately, need to move forward so we can absorb the impact of our next big tragedy. Having a level head about this one is practice for the future.
This may be my last post on the subject in such intense detail, as true to what I have expressed here. Plenty of sources can educate you as to what transpired on 9/11, and countless more can recycle the same opinions and feelings over and over each year. I have said my bit on what I think about 9/11 and how we should analyze it and move forward in this and last year’s post. Until I have a brand new perspective or insight, I would only be recycling my same opinions from last year! I think that moving forward, I might commemorate 9/11 by exploring relevant wider topics that 9/11 has forced our nation to address, such as terrorism, or freedom vs. security for examples, but I don’t feel the need to have an obligatory post every September 11th if I have nothing new to add. Collectively, many have covered most of what 9/11 is about to most people, and I added my two cents. What more is there to say?…
Here’s last year’s opinions: 9/11: A New Perspective
(The new single World Trade Center. One step towards moving forward, instead of always looking back…)