As we come upon the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, everyone old enough to remember that day is pausing to reflect. It was indeed a day of terror and uncertainty. In its wake followed unbridled patriotism and even a small revival of religion. I’ll always remember that day and, just like every American, will be angered and horrified at what happened that day. But for a moment, let me dare cross a line (I’m not sure which line) and speculate…
What if the 9/11 attacks did not happen 10 years ago…but happened today? Would the reaction be the same? What would be different?
I think everyone would feel horrified and angered. I think people would still be patriotic and religious. But what about the aftermath of the event? I feel (totally on speculation, mind you) that it would be lessened. Why? Consider the recent death of Osama bin Laden. Many rejoiced over his demise, yet some bloggers and tweeters used caution and deplored Americans’ quickness to celebrate death, albeit the just death of an unjust man. In short, I think if 9/11 happened today, there would be a slightly slackened and more cynical reaction.
Yes, I think blogs, twitter, facebook, and social networking in general have heightened our cynical senses. Thanks to sounding boards such as these, we have all become Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks and any other talking head that yaps away on radio and TV. We like to throw our opinion to the public mass and seem smart for it. Granted, me saying all this on a blog is like the pot calling the kettle black (or something like that), but I feel like mentioning it. We’re sinking in our own sarcastic cynical sludge and it may just make us that much more heartless to events like 9/11.
But 9/11 happened in a time when man’s love wasn’t so cold. Or maybe it was and I was just too young and stupid to notice. At any rate, I can’t help but wonder how different our reaction to such an event would be today with our distrust of authority and our blind love to ourselves and our wit. Still, let us put these things aside and remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day that changed the world forever.