Reflections on 9/11

10450846_10152657445138150_1527888332419789200_nIt’s been 16 years since that awful day when the Twin Towers came crashing down and so many lives were tragically cut short.  It’s important to take a few minutes today to reflect on what happened.  What did 9/11 mean to you then?  Does it differ in how you view things today?

It does for me.  During the days immediately following the attack, I was angry, sad and numb.  I didn’t know anyone personally that died, but the momentousness of the event was unavoidable and we all knew that things would never be the same.  Our false sense of security was destroyed and our innocence lost.

At least it was for many of us having come of age in the 1980’s.  That bubble gum era of optimism and bad pop songs provided a false sense of inevitability about the future and naivety of the world around us.  9/11 shattered all of that.

We saw repeated news footage of the towers disintegrating, listened to unusually calm voices from those still stuck inside or on flight 93 leaving voice messages to their loved ones, knowing they were about to die.

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Taken at the 9/11 Museum in NYC

We watched in horror as people flung themselves out windows rather than face being burned alive.

Yes, things had definitely shifted that day and America was going to war.

What exactly did these idiot jihadists wish to accomplish by all this? Did they have even know or were they just drones following orders? For that matter do we even know?

Sure we went in to Iraq and Afghanistan and we, in effect, “took the battle over there”, but did we really accomplish anything?  We destroyed the Taliban and they came back as ISIS, we are in the process of destroying ISIS and now  Al Qaeda is gaining strength.  The names change but the Islamist fanaticism behind it remains the same and its followers hate us as much, if not more, than they did on 9/11.

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Tribute wall at the 9/11 Museum in NYC

I’m still angry today, albeit it’s softened a bit by time in to exasperation.  The people that were murdered, the suffering of their loved ones, the painful recoveries of those that were injured, both physically and emotionally; it all seems so pointless.

I’m sad too but in a different way, as I mourn for a time when we seemed to be able to come together, at least on the big things.  We are a divided people today, uniquely so I think when compared to other tumultuous times.  Social media, fake narratives repeated as truth, the demonizing of political views, identity politics and the instant reaction of so many to imply ill intent to those that think differently is ripping this country apart.  We are a hot mess and only getting hotter and messier.

It’s not despondency I feel when looking back at 9/11. It’s more of an acceptance that there will always be bad events and innocent people getting murdered. The best we can do is focus on what’s important; God, friends, family, loving others and always holding on to the truth.

What are your thoughts about September 11?  Have they changed from then to now?

 

 

 

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30 Responses to Reflections on 9/11

  1. Mike Hohmann says:

    My anger has not softened a bit. We’ve been at war over 16 years, and now the war has returned to American cities and other cities around the world. Weapons include stolen vehicles barreling down our sidewalks, suicide bombers, gunmen, and jihadis brandishing machetes along the sidewalks -all trying to kill the infidel civilians. Off with their heads, I say. Things are changing -the war is here! Best be prepared!

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    • Tricia says:

      That’s true Mike, although on a much smaller scale, we’ve definitely had our attacks here over the years. Not a lot of people unfortunately have wrapped their head around the fact that we are still at war, just in a different way.

      I agree, off with their heads…;)

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  2. David says:

    Obviously, I always offer a different perspective and I challenge your paradigm which is difficult, but I do see in your writings an awakening somewhat to Plato’s Cave, the Matrix etc. But are you questioning the narrative you believe enough? If you don’t believe in free speech you will censor me, but I do not believe your narrative at all as it is the official narrative given to you by our lying main street media i.e. it is Plato’s Cave. It is what you are told to believe, not the truth, just suggestive conjecture. As Jesus said “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus understood Plato’s Cave as he came after Plato wrote that. Will you or anyone else attack me for trying to make you think? It is what Socrates was killed for as he was guilty of “corrupting the youth” or bringing to play the Socratic method of reasoning. Critical thought is in short supply in America. If you do not like to be intellectually challenged, you can decide not to post this. But the miracle of anyone’s mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t. I challenge your paradigm, because I do what is right, not what is easy.

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    • Tricia says:

      I’m not implying a paradigm one way or the other; merely expressing how my emotions and thoughts on 9/11 have changed from 16 years ago.

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      • David says:

        911 is obviously very emotional, and I am not doubting that or your good intentions at all as I know you always have good intentions. I think our definition of paradigm is not the same and unless we define and agree on that, we will not be on the same page. Thus, looking up the dictionary on the internet it was confusing, and as all things on the internet, my belief is that nothing on the internet is true. It said “an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype… regard science as the paradigm of true knowledge.” This sounds good but science is a manipulated lie in my critical thinking or Socratic thought process. According to my old college Dictionary from 1984 (ironic isn’t it?) a Paradigm is “a set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme, an example; pattern.” I still don’t think this is a very good explanation and you may force me to buy a 100 year old dictionary on ebay because I don’t believe either (yes it just happened). Thus, if I may so define paradigm properly (at least in both our minds) it is this. “A belief system on a defined set of values” or “A world view that defines your belief system.” Thus, if you read my first post and incorporate this meaning of paradigm, I think it will make more sense to you.

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        • Tricia says:

          David, you’re welcome to comment here but you know I don’t engage with conspiracy theorists. I don’t know why you keep trying, but you do get an A for effort!

          Seriously, I’m not mad or trying to attack you, but you know my ground rules.

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          • David says:

            Ok. I will keep it simple. I encourage you to read some philosophy. Voltaire’s Candide is not only good but hilarious and not that long. It is a great start to understanding Plato’s Cave.

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  3. Al says:

    Can’t quite comprehend what David is saying in his comment other than taking this opportunity to display his pseudo-intellectual chops. As a card-carrying pragmatist and free thinker, I take exception to his notion that seeing the world as it isn’t is the real gift. Given the reality of evil and danger all about us, I’ll take my chances on navigating these treacherous waters with great care and foresight rather than the impalpable search for the “truth that will set me free.” It’s the truth that will make me dead that concerns me.

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  4. madblog says:

    Aside from being a bit emotional early in the day, I am a little disturbed by something new today. The utter politicization of EVERYTHING which does not even allow real and honest expressions of grief over such a remembrance day. With the exception of the youngest ones who don’t remember 9/11, it was something we all saw. Watched in horror and sadness.
    There is no politics there. Our nation was attacked and fellow human beings exactly like us, going through their ordinary mornings, were murdered. I see no room for “sides” or politics in that experience.
    I know social media may not be quite an accurate measure of anything real, but how few people had anything to say about 9/11. These are people who have some political comment on EVERYTHING. The more I think about it the madder I get.
    I can only conclude that they are so deeply beholden, willingly, to their talking-points dispensers, ones who cannot in-politicize 9/11, that they feel safer saying nothing.

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  5. ColorStorm says:

    Good ques. at the end T.

    Nope. Thoughts haven’t changed. Just confirmed. Diabolical religion is evil to the core, and doubly more when compared with ‘true religion,’ which is manifested by the grace of God.

    Cracks me up that the leaders of the bastard faiths do not themselves blow others up……..nooooo, they dare not set the example; but they ask of others what they dare not demand of themselves.

    I have this vision of the clowns meeting the 70 so called virgins upon their arrival………only to hear: ‘get the aitch outta here you fools. You killed innocent people thinking we would approve? What kind of women do you think we are? Get lost.’

    Yep, the false religions are confirmed and only getting worse. Biblical Christianity has no competitor. 😉

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    • Tricia says:

      Well that is comforting to think ColorStorm about when those fools go looking for their 70 virgins and are given a one way ticket down to a scathing lake of fire. Would sure liked to have seen the look on their faces.

      Yup, you are sure correct, evil to the core and only getting worse.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        There is this idea of hating with a perfect hatred. 9/11 comes pretty close for that justification maybe.

        What is the boiling point of blood by a righteous man? As you say, thank God for a day of reckoning. The thought of doing such dastardly things would never cross our radar.

        How devilish the heart must be to think such things are ‘good works…….’

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  6. Welcome to the Jihad!

    That’s what 9/11 means.

    The Byzantines fought against the Jihad from 634 AD to 1453 AD and lost. That’s a war of about 800 years after which the great Christian city of Constantinople became Islamic Istanbul.

    The Spaniards also fought their own 800 year old war against the Jihad, but were able to finally defeat the it and send it packing back to North Africa (which had been Christian for centuries before losing its own battle against the Jihad).

    With Christian Western Civilization no longer Christian, it is disintegrating.

    And the Jihad, the never ending war against the infidel, is again rearing its ugly head.

    Christians are the only people in the West who have a prayer of fighting against the Jihad and winning.

    That is because Christians never lose their will to follow Jesus and because the Progressives don’t even have a clue let alone the will to fight against such a determined conqueror foe.

    As in the past, the Jihad will win only through the wholesale slaughter (genocide) of Christians.

    In this time period, the Western Christians can also count on Israel, God’s Chosen People, who have also had to endure there own century’s long blood feud with the Jihad (who incidentally were trained by the virulently anti-Semitic German NAZI’s in the early 20th century).

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  7. Wally Fry says:

    I remember that day well. I was working for the VA system at the time. I managed the Veteran’s Canteen Service Retail Store in the hospital. We had this big wall of TVs for demos that we always kept on the same channel like the stores do. So, I stood around with all the veterans watching the whole thing unfold in living color on a dozen TVs. Our hospital was the main facility for treatment of those vets suffering various mental disorders from their service and other reasons, so the moment was pretty tense. I remember making a prediction then, that we were soon going to jump into a war that we would never win, and get a whole lot more people killed, then give up and go home. How correct I was. I also predicted that the system would never be able to take care of all the folks who would be damaged by the war. Turns out i nailed that one too.

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  8. I have learned over time that TRUTH is never found in extreme thinking or ideologies. Tragic occurrences are rarely (if ever) to blame on any one side. Regardless of how cruel and inhumane a faction group chooses to express itself (in words and actions), it has organized from a “wrong” it perceives has been done to it. Answers are found in dialogue, not isolationism and avoidance. These answers are likely to require extensive time and hardships, but the alternative is to battle each other endlessly. Some sense of common ground must be discovered in order to move forward in a positive direction. Some people will do their best to incite violence during the entire journey toward peaceful resolution. Focusing on these people and their efforts will only sidetrack and delay our worldly needs for positive change.

    It is human to feel anger, hatred, resentment and other negative emotions. It is wise, however, to recognize rational intelligent responses to these emotions need to supersede emotional instinctive reactions. To live in a world together, we must be willing to place greater value on humanity than greed. We must universally stop imposing personal beliefs on eachother’s cultural differences. We don’t have to love each other or support societal beliefs and values that differ from our own, but we do have to respect eachother’s boundaries and allow nations to develop from within.

    Factions, based on hatred, become opportunistic “infections” when the world suffers from deficiencies in decency. Restore “balance” to the world and these “infections” resolve. They are nothing more than SYMPTOMS that should create greater awareness about this reality. As in health, focusing on symptoms allows underlying maladies to worsen. Until we begin viewing the world from this perspective, our attempt to extinguish “fires” through hyperbole and military actions will never cease.

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  9. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Today is the day after. Personally, when September 11th rolls around I would just as soon think about something else. Of course, I remember the day, and so when I saw this post I thought I share.

    After the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, I was watching TV when the second crashed into the other tower. In a generic sense, it was easy to figure out who was responsible.

    When the smoke coming out of one of the towers suddenly changed color, I knew a sense of horror. The aviation fuel finished burning, but it had ignited a raging fire. Sooner or latter the structure of the building would weaken and the building would collapse.

    Because they had to know at least much as I, I admired the courage of the fire rescue personnel. They were still entering the building.

    So what about Tricia’s question at the end?

    What are your thoughts about September 11? Have they changed from then to now?

    The answer is in Tricia’s post. Read the paragraph before her question at the end.

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  10. I remember it as well. I was in college and everyone thought it was a joke. I saw the wave of inspiration, and like you said union, and I’ve seen it ebb. It led me to join the Air Force, but I am saddened by what I see today as an older man. We’ll come back together. I hope.

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  11. I’m not sure I have the words for this one (besides beautiful, thoughtful post). It’s just beyond me that someone could dream such a hell and persuade others into it. We continue to see ugliness in our own backyard. I dunno. We keep lighting candles in the dark, all we can do.

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