9/11 – Four years later

09.11.05

Will September 11th ever be just a day again?

It’s hard to believe that four years have gone by. In many ways, it feels like just yesterday when I woke up to the radio and took a few minutes to process that it was saying something about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I don’t think anyone realized, at that moment, just how much was about to change.

The images are what persist the most strongly, after this time. The plane flying into the second tower. The collapse of the towers. The people running from the rubble.

September 11th changed the world. But fundamentally I don’t think it changed people. As with other catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina, people have a tendency to spin and interpret events in a way that best suits their preconceived notions anyway. But while I don’t think people truly changed, I think they did become more polarized.

Anyway, I don’t really have that much to say that hasn’t already been said by a zillion people already. It feels strange to think that only five years ago today, September 11th went by on the calendar without so much as a blink.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tré 09.12.05 at 1:57 PM

That’s right, today’s the 12th. Hmmm…

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2 cliff from montreal 09.13.05 at 3:15 AM

And tomorrow is the 13’th? Your point?

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3 DaninVan 09.13.05 at 5:04 AM

I don’t think Tre had one, THAT was the point…

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4 cliff from montreal 09.13.05 at 6:00 AM

Well actually, today is September the 13’th, and this was the day I had planned way in advance to find out ‘the meaning of life’ when I came across her enlightened comment.How did she know? How? I was dumbfounded.
Well her words sparked a fury of activity, and that after consulting with my local cabal, we came to the conclusion that we don’t exist and therefore I cannot be writing this.That’s my point 🙂

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5 DaninVan 09.13.05 at 2:58 PM

There is no meaning to life, at least as discernible by mere mortals. We just ‘are’. Period. We are a charming species.

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6 Tré 09.13.05 at 5:29 PM

lol.

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7 Tré 09.13.05 at 5:30 PM

I really hate to question your wisdom cliff but we all know the answer to the meaning of life: 42.

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8 segacs 09.13.05 at 5:56 PM

For once I agree with Tre.

Though these days I’m really questioning the notion that Earth is “mostly harmless”.

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9 cliff from montreal 09.13.05 at 9:01 PM

Tré 🙂
Wait “Oh I’m sorry, is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour?”
That’s from one of my all time fav MP skits.

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10 Tré 09.13.05 at 10:00 PM

🙂

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11 segacs 09.13.05 at 10:39 PM

42’s from the Guide, not MP. But it’s all good.

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12 cliff from montreal 09.13.05 at 11:29 PM

Sari,what was the question in the first place? 🙂

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