Thursday, September 8, 2011

10th Anniversary of September 11th


I've posted this picture of the beams of light representing the lost World Trade Center Towers every single anniversary of 9-11 for the last several years. I usually put this up on my blog without any written words, as I've always felt that the image speaks for itself.

But on the 10th anniversary, I felt compelled to write.

9-11 left scars on Americans that I don't believe will ever fully heal. The nation's economy has been faltering ever since the attacks, we've lost so many brave men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how many of us are still psychologically damaged in the wake of September 11th?

There's been several movies and books depicting many different aspects of that dreadful day, yet I haven't been able to explore any of them. It's just too painful. Even after a decade, my stomach still churns every time I see the Towers struck by the hijacked planes.  When I watch footage of the buildings collapsing, it's like watching the end of the world.

I hope we always remember the anguish of September 11th and refuse to go back to "business as usual."  Nothing has been the same since that day, and we should never forget.

11 comments:

The Desert Rocks said...

What a beautiful post. I want to write something meaningful for the anniversary, but I always feel like so many people are closer to the pain than I was and might think I don't understand the depth of their emotion. Sitting in my office in Southern California on 9-11, I remember working through the deadlines for the day interspersed with television and silent prayer. It couldn't be true. It was.

Ian Montgomery said...

To this day, I can't help but feel ultra nervous whenever a television program is interrupted by a "special report." It's like I've been trained to expect the worst.

I'm not saying the 9/11 events should be ignored or forgotten, but why do you feel that "business as usual" is a bad thing? In the grand scheme, there's not a whole lot most of us can do about the fallout other than continue efforts to make the most of our personal lives and maybe try a little harder to lead by example and love our fellow Earth residents a little more. Or if that's not possible, at least tolerate them. It's the human race's lack of tolerance that made this all happen in the first place, not to mention countless other incidents of pointless violence. If our lives become corrupted by despair and fear, then those responsible for the 9/11 events have succeeded in their real mission.

Riann Colton said...

Oddly enough that photo you've been posting since I began reading you 5-ish (!!!) years ago is the only 9/11 post I've recalled over the years. It says more than any words could.

Mr. Shife said...

I was working at a newspaper when this happened and after about 3 days of working 16 hours I came home and just bawled my eyes out. After seeing the images over and over, and the faces of the victims, I just lost it. It was always be an emotional day for me because it was the first time in my life where I actually felt the world I lived in will never be the same. I wish the last 10 years played out a little differently because a lot more innocent people have lost their lives. Take care, and good post buddy.

Phats said...

Great post. Today and Tomorrow all my classes my lectures have been all about 9/11 including some screenings of some of the movies. It's tough to get thru as I knew a few people in the towers, but I was fortunate the people I knew made it out. That's a very powerful picture

Tiyana, aka "Yoyo" said...

Great reminder, Jay. You're right in that it's scarred this country in ways it might never recover from. Psychologically, especially.

I know a lot of people focus on the tragedy of the deaths, which is horrible, though beyond this I think the paranoia that followed the attacks here is another big thing. I mean I know I can't ever look at getting on a plane in the same way again...

I can also tell you that it's made architects think twice about the designs of their buildings, particularly skyscrapers.

Recently I was reading a magazine article that talked about the paranoia factor and how it's affected certain fictional works these days. (It named The Albertine Notes and The Echo Maker as examples, though I've never read them.) It's even affected aspects of my WIP.

9/11 will forever affect the way America views itself as a nation. If anything, it's made us (some of us, anyway) come to terms with the fact that safety isn't guaranteed and that we aren't invincible. (Hey, I was thirteen when it happened.)

Milo James Fowler said...

Thanks for this, Jay. You're absolutely right -- and that photo is awesome.

Jay Noel said...

Ian, I think it depends on "business as usual." For me, on 9-10-01, most Americans didn't really care about what was happening in the world. We all just assumed we'd be safe, taking our well-being for granted.

After 9-11, I hope we as Americans are NOT lulled into indifference and apathy.

Mr. Shife said...

It is me again just dropping by and saying hi.

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