Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Did things change?

I guess that everyone remembers what they were doing on September 11 2001. I had taken my mother for an ECT treatment for her depression and was sitting in the family lounge at the hospital when the TV announced that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Then the second plane flew in and the rest is history, as they say.

I didn't know the repercussions of what had happened and how far reaching the aftermath would be, but I felt a sick feeling that this act would bring about a war, more bloodshed, and perhaps threaten the world as no other conflict had. Some of my earliest thoughts weren't off the mark. We have a war, we have more bloodshed. Although our world continues to revolve around the sun, I feel restless about the well-being of this country and the state of the world in general. I fear that the bully-pulpit and self-interest greed of our nation is going to have dire consequences for years to come. Maybe it's my feeling of powerlessness, but I don't want to see more tributes and events on the news. I don't want to hear more about the "Axis of Evil" or how everyone is a potential "terrorist". I don't have much faith in the current administration and have become much more skeptical about the individuals who are entrusted with running the government.

Because of 9/11, I fear that we are more likely to have our civil rights violated by the government; we are less likely to have needed social services, adequate health care, and good education because of the continuing war. What we are more likely to have are erosions to Constitutional rights because of the endless "war on terrorism"; and we are more likely to witness environmental degradation because the focus is on having a capitalistic society.

I was hoping that the tragedy of 9/11 would be the kind of wakeup call to this country that would bring about something positive in the world. That we would be looked upon with respect because we had learned to take care of each other here so that people would be better educated, have better health care, housing, and a feeling of connection to the other nations in the world.

I think that the real tragedy these years after 9/11 is that we haven't learned real lessons about the rest of the world and how to take the best of this country and use it to the benefit of other nations. President Kennedy, in his speech inaugurating the Peace Corps, said something like: "Those who have so much will not be able to keep it if they are unwilling to share with those who have so little." In other words, we have to give it away, in order to keep it.

Genuine, national self examination would be a tribute to those who tragically died on 9/11. Perhaps we could prevent similar horrors in the future.


  1. Don't even get me started on this subject. I agree with you wholeheartidly!! This Admin. scares me, I'm going to do all I can, like writing to my constiuents, protest, whatever, to make some changes. The constitution has been fucked with big time, & we're paying for it. Pres. Carter has said Bush has done erreversible damage to foreign policy. We are not respected anymore, many countries hate Bush, & our government, they don't hate the American people, however, thanks to blogging, & the interntet. We each have to do what we can to make a difference. Keep in touch with the politicians who make important decisions.
    Don't tune out, stay tuned in. Knowledge is power. Good luck!

  2. I want to say..love ya Syd, and can still disagree with some of your thoughts. If feels good to me, to be able to "let" someone have their own feelings about things...even when they don't match mine. That's real new stuff for me. No other country in the world is more giving than the US..none. And no amount of self reflection as a country will stop these horrors. That would suggest that we brought it on ourselves. And I know that's not what you meant. Your post is (reading between the lines) about YOU loving your country, and wanting us to do what you believe we are capable of i.e. caring for our own thru health care and education...I get that, I really do. I think when people (like you) state their feelings without ranting...I can listen, and I can examine how I feel, but when people rant in absolutes....I get defensive in the same way I do when someone says something about one of my children or mother or husband. I can't hear them, because I'm enraged by the attack on a family member. GOSH, I'm sorry for rambling :)
    I just felt like putting this down for some reason, working thru my own shit...on your blog space (yikes)

  3. hey! let's just appreciate every day we have, where we are safe and able to do what we want with whom we want. these kind of tragedies prove that things we take for grated can be taken away in an blink of an eye...

  4. Sadly, 9/11 changed alot of things. Unlike Pearl Harbor, the targets on 9/11/2001 were civilians just going about their normal lives. This in itself is horrific. I believe this adminstration is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.There are no answers to dealing with the type of people who in the name of God think it is OK to murder others. These are the times in which we live in. Thanks for your insight. It is great to live in a country where we can agree to disagree.

  5. Self examination takes a lot of courage. I don't know that the U.S. as a country has that sort of bravery. Just my humble opinion. It's not just our country. I can't think of any nation able to face that sort of mirror. We are lucky when individuals that make up a country are able to face their fears, and even that is something of a luxury. I guess I feel fortunate that I can spend time wondering about my sex life and things like that instead of fretting over whether I have clean water for my son.

    I am with you, I wish that this had served more as a wake up call for change rather than an excuse to get violent and defensive. I love the quote from Kennedy. Nice post.


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