September 12, 2006

Remembering 9/11

A friend of mine made an astute point:
What if we are only able to go on once we're let go? Why should we commemorate the day of their death if it only keeps them rooted to our existence? Why can't we just remember what they meant to us every day and let them go?

I refuse to "celebrate" 9/11 as I want those people to find peace and I think they can only do it once we stop using them as an excuse to rally for "patriotism".

Celebrate people's lives, not their deaths. Stop being so damned morbid. I remember the people I know who've died fondly for what they did during life, not how/why they died, it's more rewarding.

I couldn't agree more. I couldn't bear to watch all the coverage that was playing yesterday. The replaying of the news feed in it's entirety from that day. That's not a horror that I want to relive. I refuse to see any movies or TV Docu-Dramas about it because none of them will have the whole truth in it. Real life doesn't always have a narrative thread, paced action and trite dialogue.

I wasn't there at Ground Zero. Powerful and tragic as the pictures were, they were still just pictures on a screen. If anything, people should try to remember what their OWN experience was on 9/11, what they thought, what they wanted, what they wrote down. Then read it again today and see how you feel now. Personally, that's more painful for me, but at least I know it's real.

No comments:

Post a Comment