9/11 Was Tragic But....
September 12, 2009 12:39am CST
...the same number of people who parished in 9/11 (on the planes, in the buildings, and rescuing the people), parish every day in America from cancer, alone!! Where is their day of mourning? This was a question posed by a friend of mine on Facebook. She makes an interesting point. The way I see it is this. Cancer and other diseases are tragic things indeed, however they were acts of nature, sometimes which can not be prevented, so we do the best we can with medical science, and medical research. 9/11 on the other hand, was the act of human hands, and minds, not a biological factor in the least. These people made the CHOICES to terrorize, and this brings out a special kind of collective mourning, because these deaths were so unnatural, and unnecessary. Cancer deaths and deaths from other illnesses, and deaths by terrorism (political terrorism, and even...how to put this....murder near home) are equally tragic, but bring out different kinds of mourning in people. Does that make sense? People die of natural causes, and it is sad and tragic. It really really stinks!!! I've lost plenty of people from natural causes. However unnatural causes bring out a special kind of sadnesses, rage, emotion. Natural causes = We don't want it to happen, but it did, and humans had no choice in the matter. Americans going off to war = No one really wants to fight, but there are a lot of people out there who are willing to fight for their country. It's their choice, but there are still those we're fighting against, and the fact that that enemy exists is a very hard thing to deal with. 9/11 and acts of terrorism on innocent people = Can this be epressed in words? The problem is this too. How many people on "the other side" feel the way we did when they hit the towers? There are innocent people there too!!!!" So what is the difference between a confict of defense, even if one has to invade to liberate (?), or when someone else invades innocent soil, and we have to fight back, or when a nation goes and starts a totally illegal war in another country? (Iraq, Viet Nam, and so many others....) Tragic though they are, can we really put 9/11 and cancer deaths in the same category? What do you think?
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19 Sep 09
Hey, I don't really know if we can really put 9/11 and cancer deaths in the same category, maybe, I'm not sure. Hopefully someone else will be able to answer your question better than I have done, in a really good way so you can actually benefit from it. Make sure you have a good day, Happy Lotting!!
• United States
15 Sep 09
There is no way that 9/11 and cancer can be put in the same category. Yes, both have the same tragic results and I have lost many many family and friends to the BIG C. But as most of them have said, they were or are thankful for the time they had or have left after the diagnosis was given. BUT....9/11 was an attack that no one could see coming...an attack on the greatest nation in the world. One of the Japanese generals that was partially responsible for the attacks on Pearl Harbor said something like..I think all we have done here today is to wake a sleeping giant. I think 9/11 woke the sleeping giant once again. Yes, the war that ensued has been tragic and a lot of lives have been lost on all sides involved, but the United States has to stand for what we believe and for what we were founded on... FREEDOM.
• United States
12 Sep 09
There is a big difference in the way we see cancer taking lives and those taken by the terrorist act. We as a collective group don't really see the number of deaths by cancer as we did with the 9/11 events. That makes it seem more tragic.
12 Sep 09
As You Say all Deaths Are Indeed Tragic Whether It is Natural Or Unnatural .. You Rightly Said 9/11 Is Being given A Lot Of Attention .. The Only Thing Different In 9/11 Is that it Was A Terrorist Attack ..Every Thing Be It Illness Or An act Of terror Happens According To History that Was Written Thousands Of Years Back By some Eminent Scholars .. These Things Have/Had To Happen .. No One Can Stop Incidents What Had to Happen .. We Humans Have The Power To Watch These Incidents as they Happen Not Anything More .. Thank You For Reading Through ..