9/11: Should We Forget?
I was on Facebook yesterday and saw a status that shocked and scared me.
"," the person said. "It's been 10 years, move on!"
"I wish there was a way to fastforward thru that date!" she ranted.
And "We remember the day- maybe-& move on."
Is anyone else upset by this?
I was almost going to comment with my opinion opposing her, but I refused to feed the fire. I didn't want to create a bad relationship between myself and this person, so I held my keyboard back.
But I went to sleep that night bothered. Not only had she posted such an atrocity to their memories, but others had also commented with their thoughts on 9/11 and how it shouldn't be remembered! I couldn't believe it.
Needless to say, I had a troubled sleep.
Then, the next day...
"I'm sorry if I offended anyone," she posted. "It wasn't my intention."
Well, I was offended, I wanted to shout.
America was offended!
The thousand of men and women who died that day, either trying to escape their offices or trying to save others, are offended!
It may not have been her intention to offend, but that is most definitely what happened.
Now, I am not going to continue to write about this specific person for a few reasons:
1.) I was torn over whether or not to use her actual words in this post, and decided that it was the only way to get the correct message across.
2.) It's not really about her, or even those other people who commented in agreement. It's about something much bigger than that.
So I will continue with what I think needs to be heard.
Is this really where America is going? I find it hard to believe that in Vermont, the state next to the site of the attacks, people are already against remembering the tragedy.
How many of us lost family members that day? I'm willing to bet my life that many of us did. Why are we so willing to take place in Irene's path, but we turn our noses in the wake of 9/11?
How can it already be so impersonalized? It was only ten years ago. Our country has been afflicted and changed forever because of one event that only took about two hours to occurr.
Two hours, and we are never going to be the same.
It makes my blood boil to even think that we are forgetting. I am not saying that we need to mourn every day until the world ends, but I am saying that we need to be respectful of the thousands of lives lost that day.
And we need to do it without blaming the Muslims.
That is another thing that makes me want to rip my hair out. Didn't we destroy racism in the last century? Haven't we already seen that it is a bad idea, worldwide?
Why are we willing to watch people blame the Muslims for 9/11?
Yes, the men who conducted the attacks were Muslim, BUT THE MUSLIM PEOPLE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE.
They were extremists, who, by definition, do not fall in the majority of the group.
I have personally been in heated arguments with my peers over this issue, so I won't go too far into it. Already in this post, I have erased almost a paragraph and a half's worth of writing on this issue because it was unnecessary.
So back to the original topic for a wrap-up: Are we ready to say good-bye for good? I don't think we ever can. Because of 9/11, we are constantly stereotyping others. Many peers of mine have admitted to boarding a plane and becoming afraid when they see a person wearing a turban. It sickens me, but it can't be helped. My class was in second grade when the attacks happened. We have grown up with that irrational fear.
I don't know, maybe I am one of the few people left who completely and totally disagrees with this. Maybe I am the outlier.
But for the sake of humanity, I really hope not.