So… how have we changed?
Did it bring us closer together? Only long enough to go to church in the middle of the week, wave a flag most of us had to go out and buy for the occasion, and to launch all our hatred in the same general direction.
Did it humble us at all? Only till the smoke cleared, then we got back to feeling like we’re invincible, like it doesn’t make a difference what we do ’cause there’s no one nowhere that can stop us from doing it.
It was a horrific, tragic, demonic moment in time. It was hell in a small portion of our part of everyone’s earth.
It was followed by a sense of resolve, a new found hope, a strength the likes of which none of us have ever seen in ourselves or our neighbors.
Now look at us.
From political candidates to foreign cultures to alternative lifestyles to any beliefs contrary to our own, all we can do is allow whatever hatred and narrow-minded prejudice at whatever it is we don’t believe or what we don’t understand to metastasize without having the slightest comprehension what it is that we hate.
Sure, we wanted retribution and revenge, some of us hiding behind a professed desire for “justice”. Over the years it seems we just let the unity which blessed us for all too brief a period slip away, let the justified bitterness for those relatively few maniacs who did that to New York City and to all of us spread out till it soiled everyone we came in contact with who we, in some wildly paranoid and partisan delusion, feel are threatening our freedom to do whatever the fuck we want, whenever, however, while those perceived enemies made our narcissistic sense of supremacy crumble into more pieces of microscopic rubble than both of the Towers produced.
“Shoot first and ask questions later” might have been the best approach to Al Queda at the time, and there’s still a bunch of zealots out there who need to look out their window first thing in the morning to see an unmanned drone aimed directly up their ass, but we’ve even gotten to where it’s the tactic of choice for anything and anybody not meeting our unquestioned approval up to and including where to buy a fucking chicken sandwich.
America changed alright.
You tell me if it was for the better.
And leave politics out of it, because when you look at the way the current campaigns are going, we’ll be taking ourselves down in ways bin Laden never dreamed possible.
Kind of ironic it was some homicidal, psychotic, sociopath asshole who unified our country more than any purportedly compassionate candidate or self-serving Super PAC I’ve yet to encounter.