I Don’t Know Why But. . .

. . . all of these posts on “this is where I was when 9/11 happened and this is how I reacted to it” make me feel very uncomfortable. The statements of the “and the world was never the same after 9/11” variety make me even more uncomfortable. And then there is the supremely annoying “there was such a sense of solidarity after 9/11, why can’t we have that back instead of the political bickering?”

The worst ones, however, are the ones who place “9/11” and “the loss of innocence” in the same sentence.

It seems like inanity is the favorite response of many people to traumatic events. 9/11 has been literally drowned in platitudes of the worst order.

16 thoughts on “I Don’t Know Why But. . .

  1. I don’t mind the first statement, because how I found out was pretty odd (I can’t tell it in public without risking offending somebody). It’s the “solidarity” and “loss of innocence” ones that drive me crazy, because it perpetuates a myth of a country while it hides the atrocities of it’s foreign policy. The rest of the world had lost its innocence a long time ago. And “losing your innocence” is not such a bad thing. It means you become an adult.


    1. Oh, I know. It’s the same reaction as the one after the Abu Ghraib photos surfaced. Oh, everybody was so shocked? I wonder, what did people think happened at war before the photos? The invaders and the invaded sang and danced together in the streets?


  2. oops don’t read my blog tomorrow then 🙂 Its about me wondering I can do better with my own kids than i did with my students after 9/11. hopefully I’m not too inane


  3. The World Trade Center attack does not compare to many of the terrible things that happened in the 1940’s. Anyone remember a city called Hiroshima?

    No doubt this comment will get me labelled anti-American, which I am not.


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