Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Unhappy Anniversary

Why do we insist on commemorating tragic events year after year? It's not as if any of us will or can ever forget 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina or Princess Diana. I don't think we gain anything by holding yearly remembrance ceremonies.

I say we commemorate only birthdays, weddings, and other such occasions. The bad things, and those who suffered as a result, will not be forgotten. Should we carry sorrow over indefinitely?

Well, at least some people are trying to turn 9/11 into a positive thing: a day to do good deeds. More power to 'em!



14 comments:

Bird said...

i don't mind the sincere memorials to those who fell that day. i don't mind a moment of silence to acknowledge them. i think it's appropriate. but shouldn't we be doing good deeds every day?

i do mind using this day, this tragic event, for political purposes, for terror-mongering, for encouraging run-amok nationalism and jingoism.

sooner or later, congress will declare 9/11 a national holiday - official you know. and sooner or later, that holiday won't be observed on 9/11, but on a Monday, so we can have a 3-day weekend, so we can relax at the beach, BBQ, drink beer, go camping. people will refer to the 9/11 weekend as the last weekend and the offical close of the summer season.

mark my words.

i'm taking bets.

Pete Bogs said...

I mean no disrespect for the fallen... I merely think that we don't need ceremonies... as I believe we don't need churches - the individual's faith is in their heart... it doesn't need to be a group sport...

9/11 could easily be a holiday... I'd be willing to take that bet... but the post offices and banks will be closed, and I will still be working...

she said...

i hope it never becomes a holiday; it shouldnt. i observe this day with a solo photo on SK9 with no comments...theres nothing to say. and nothing to do. i wont be watching any tv programs about it, reading articles etc. this is an interior day IMHO.

the photo of the falling man reminds me that the web of humanity is fragile and that you can plan for everything in the world, but you can still get blindsided. there is no security...its an idea not a reality and no politican should ever promise it...and more to the point no citizen should ever count on it.

be sure to live while you are alive.

Pete Bogs said...

she - yeah, I saw that... I had to come back here and look at the KPS to smile again... I don't look at images from that day or even of the WTC in better days if I can help it... now if you'd posted a picture of Hulk Hogan wrecking the towers... or of his son crashing a car into... um, nevermind...

Mayden' s Voyage said...

Hey Pete :)

I hope it never becomes a holiday either- or a day off in "rememberance"- and then it becomes a holiday...that needs to be on a friday or a monday so everyone can go to the lake- or whatever. Sigh-
She's photo was perfect. And I should have made my post a "no comment" post as well- because clearly there's nothing more to be said.

Sorry I haven't been by- hope things are well with you :)

Pete Bogs said...

mayden - long time no see! thanks for coming by...

Jack K. said...

Serve others,
care about those you serve,
and share the love in your heart!

LeftLeaningLady said...

I had considered making a post along these lines. I think a person's right to grieve should not be decided by the government or the media, but I also believe we owe to ourselves as a nation to begin to heal.

I read a lot articles yesterday (it is not 9/12) about how people still think of the towers daily or weekly. I (personally) don't think that is healthy. It was a horrible awful thing, but it has been 6 years. I think if I were still thinking of it daily, I would find some treatment for PTSD.

LeftLeaningLady said...

And my typing stinks this morning, I hope you can decipher that comment.

Pete Bogs said...

LLL - your typing's just fine... I think we all remember in our own ways, in our own hearts... ceremonies aren't necessary for that... I look forward to a 9/11 when I can look at the news and not see the Towers burning, or a story about some 9/11-related event...

jack - amen to that!

Jack K. said...

Today, when I checked my mail at the server, there was an email entitled 9/11 photos, a must see. I immediately trashed it without opening it. I do not need to see the horror of someone falling to their death. Somehow it seems to demean and diminish them as a person.

Arrrgh!

For another slant on that terrible day check out Zeitgeist the Movie. Part Three concerns 9/11. Now that is scary. The film runs about 2 hours. Part Three takes up the last 45 minutes or so.

Pete Bogs said...

jack - the receptionist at my old job sent around a powerpoint(!) a couple days after the attacks... most of the pics were of people falling... who the hell needs to see that? I'd already seen way too much...

thanks for the great link!

Aunty Belle said...

Pete, at Bird's ya' wrote:
"I am in my waning days... (as a blogger)"

Why Sugar Pie? Is ya tired of us'uns, or bloggin' or thangs is jes' too busy...ya' OKAY??

Pete Bogs said...

aunt b - just reevaluating how I spend my time, and what my priorities are... thanks for your concern