Sep. 11th, 2009 10:36 am
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I couldn't agree more with This.

Seriously. Now, I don't want to come off as a terrible person here (which is why it's here and not on Facebook or something) but honestly, I think it can stop now.

No, I'm not saying we should forget. I know I never will.

But I think rehashing the same thing OVER AND OVER is ridiculous. Oklahoma was finally let go after 5 or 6 years. We're finally hearing less about Katrina. Can't we let this fade a little too?

Yes, it's the anniversary of a tragic, horrible terrorist attack. But does everyone need to re-live the exact time and place when they heard the news? do we need to hear about it ALL DAY on EVERY radion station and TV channel? Do we need to listen to the crappy music that was written to 'commemerate' the day (or just make money off of it, in most cases)?

I hear '9/11' and I remember what happened, I remember where I was, I am quiet for a moment- I don't need to hear about it, or talk about it, or read about it all day long. A Moment is all I need.

I know I'm probably in the minority here. Really, that's fine. I just need to vent about this. I didn't know anybody who was there. I'm not even sure if I know someone who knew someone was there. I know people who know people who knew someone...but that may be as close as it gets. I know that the people who lost loved ones still hurt- that will never go away. But reliving it every single year certainly isn't going to help.

Date: 2009-09-11 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightskyre.livejournal.com
Then turn off the radio.

In a day and age when hardly anyone has any pride in the country that protects them, the least we can do is remember one of the few times in recent history (read: one quarter of the life of the country) where we stood united against a common front.

Sensationalism will exist about everything (! Jon desipises Kate and loves his new girlfriend more !) (who cares?) but that does not take away from the searing loss this country and those families experienced.

The fact is, press is a business that will do whatever it can to sell whatever it can sell. At least Shafer had the insight to specifically single out the press as the issue. You might do well to do the same.

Date: 2009-09-11 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anitra.livejournal.com
The T&G only really talked about it in terms of transforming this date from an anniversary of mourning to a national day of service. IMO, good advice.

Date: 2009-09-11 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightskyre.livejournal.com
You think so? I couldn't agree more.

What if we just changed cultural perspective so people actually believed they owed it to the country to participate in its well being instead of guilting people into doing something they don't want to do on a certain day and not be bothered remembering the people who died. Those people didn't die doing service, they died doing the things we do every day, go to work, meet for breakfast, stand around the watercooler.

There is nothing about September 11, xxxx year that says its any better than any other day as a "day of service"

You think it would be successful? How many people actually plant trees on Arbor Day?

Date: 2009-09-11 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightskyre.livejournal.com
Edit *DIS*agree.

Our Society Requires These Days

Date: 2009-09-13 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hellishdream.livejournal.com
How often do people tell Mom "I love you"? At least on Mother's Day.

How often does anyone thanks the receptionists? Probably only on Secretary's Day...if that.

We have so much going on in our lives, that taking one day a year for things that are Important is the very least we can do. And is often all we do.

If one person plants a tree on Arbor Day who wouldn't on another day, it's worth it. If the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will get you to thank a fireman just once in your life, it's worth it.

To agree with the article though, I do wish that if everyone insists on paying homage, that it be sincere and truly felt and not to sell more newspapers.

To be cynical though, it means there is only one day a year you have to hear about whatever it is from all sides...

Re: Our Society Requires These Days

Date: 2009-09-13 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightskyre.livejournal.com
To be cynical though, it means there is only one day a year you have to hear about whatever it is from all sides...

Not to beleaguer the point, but it's about a week.

My original point still stands - The issue here, as noted by the OA, is about the sensationalism of the day, and not the existence of the day itself.

I don't have a problem with a National Day of Service, but I do have a problem with it at the expense of the memory of what happened. You may still have some "In memory of xyz I build this house" rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is, you're too busy doing your service to remember why you're doing said service.

Why not December 7 instead? Are we not supposed to commemorate the soldiers (and sailors) who died in Pearl Harbor?

Why not D-Day? 6600 American troops died protecting our country (nay, protecting the world) on June 6 1944 - and those were sacrifices, which is more than we can say about 9/11. Nothing against the 9/11 casualties, but if you want to talk about who is more honorable...

Either way, say what you want, but you won't be able to convince me that this is anything less than an effort to minimize the "terrorist" rhetoric that has "gripped" this country.

Also.. Hi Josie!


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