After 9/11

@estherlou (5020)
United States
April 1, 2007 12:34pm CST
When 9/11 happened, we realized to our surprise, that bad things actually could visit us here at home. For awhile, we grew closer together as a nation and showed that we could care for each other. Many even returned to their spiritual and emotional dependency on God. Now, almost 5 years later, we have returned to our complacency, apathy and looking out for numer 1! Are we just a country so wrapped up in our own private lives that apathy and complacency are the norm?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Apr 07
It wasn't quite what I thought it was but I still agree with you. I think that at first we were told to pull together, show our pride, prove that "they" didn't win. But then some people saw all of that as anger and a potential threat to certain minority groups here and we were told to tone it down. Certain video images were no longer shown very often and we were told it was time to move forward. While having people get on with their lives instead of dwelling is a positive thing it also caused that same complacency to surface again. And then we throw the Iraq situation in and it feels almost embarrassing to show any pride. I support the troops because they are only doing their jobs but it doesn't make any sense to me why we are still in a war that hasn't been a war since it was declared over 4 years ago. Many people have been forced to "look out for number 1" because we can't trust anyone else to look out for us. Our country is in a very sad state right now. I'm confident it is still better than many and will recover eventually but it is hard to feel as patriotic as I did 5 years ago.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Thanks for the great comments. You expressed some of what I was talking about better than I did. But despite it all, we as a country always need to try to stick together against whatever the world throws our way, so even if we don't agree with the war and have become a little disillusioned...we can still show our patriotism.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Yes, we all SHOULD be patriotic, it's just harder now.
• United States
1 Apr 07
I think you're being a little hard on your own country hon! It's "human" nature, not "American" nature to try to put bad things behind us. I don't know anyone who is apathetic or complacent on the subject of 9/11 or their current security. As far as looking out for #1 goes, that's been going on since we climbed out of the trees a few million years ago. I don't think that's anything new or an American-only trait. Again we're talking about human nature here. If you think all of the above is not going on in the rest of the world I think you will find you are sadly mistaken. I don't think there are any more generous, helpful, caring or compassionate people than the American public. I have a great deal of faith in my fellow Americans, wish you had the same. Perhaps you would be happier elsewhere in the world?
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Wow! Did you ever misread my intentions! Picking on my country! You've got to be kidding! You picked up on the human nature point perfectly, and that is what I was getting at. As for me and mine? My daughter served 8 years in active duty in the Army and I was so proud of her! I am quite patriotic and couldn't imagine living elsewhere.
• United States
1 Apr 07
Sorry but intentions can't be read unless they are stated. Your post was pretty negative if you read it from someone else's perspective and not from your intended perspective. I am proud of your daughter too :)
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I think "apathy and complacency are the norm" with many people but not the majority. I am fortunate in that I have good friends and neighbors that show that they care about me and my family.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Yes, we all have family and friends that care for us, if we are lucky. But do we ever look outside that small group to others in need? It is so easy to ignore the bigger piture and really difficult to share our love with those we don't even know.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I do think our country does get complacent about security measures and protecting our country from terrorist attacks. I noticed the airlines are somewhat more relaxed than they were before, though they still check pretty carefully through baggage and people. With many of our troops in Iraq who is going to protect us from another attack. We do pay more attention to our personal lives more than anything. Very nice topic. :-)
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 07
Hi there Estherlou You will find that this sort of thing happens everywhere now. After a few years things like that are forgotten until the next thing happens
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• United States
1 Apr 07
Since that day my outlook on life changed and I have not changed back or forgotten.