August 27, 2010
Tomorrow Marks The 10th Anniversary of The 9-11-01 Attacks. Seems like only yesterday when it happened. Where were you when you heard the news ? :problem:
I was about to start my work day and emailing a friend about the Stevie Nicks Concert I attended in Reading, PA on 9-8-11 when a Female Co-Worker at MERCK ran in and told us to turn on the radio. Her Husband just called and said a Plane smacked into one of the WTC Towers. We did and I felt it was a dude in a private plane who got a little careless. Then we heard a second plane struck the other tower. We knew that something was up and received an Evac Order...
I left put on the news, Howard Stern dropped everything and turned his show into a News Programme. Called my Family and made sure everyone was ok...Went to the Gym to clear my head and like the Don Henley song said...it was the end of the innocence... :sick:
We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm
April 9, 2009
I was at home on a medical leave of absence having my knee replacements done. I got up and John said, "Dad, look at the TV, you won't believe this", as we watched the first tower. Everyone thought how could a airplane have hit on a clear day, and at that point still no videos of the actual hit had been seen yet. We watched, thinking how would they fight this fire, and we watched the 2nd aiplane make its turn, and we all know what that looked like. Soon after the news came out, another plane had hit the Pentagon, and another 4th was highjacked. When the second plane hit the WTC, I simply cried, and told my son "We are at War"! My wife was up north in San Francisco, caring for her ill Father for a few weeks.
John and I watched, like everyone else, nobody ever thinking the buildings would collapse. We could see the people around open windows, on the roofs, and the camera panned in on some that jumped to their deaths. How horrifying for those poor souls. We just had watched people die, live on television. We were stunned. When it did collapse, and I said, "My God, did it fall all the way to the ground, completly"? WE all know what followed with the second tower, and the days that followed.
April 9, 2009
I think where I was mentally is more important for me than where I was physically.
My personality hadn't undergone the huge change it did. That was to come in October of 2002, a year later than the attacks.
I was fresh out of grad school and well into my career as a lecturer at a university, the one I got my degree from.
They closed the school down for several days as everyone panicked, not knowing how many more attacks were coming. I was possibly dissociating from the reality of the attacks as all I remember was no significant emotional response; everything from that week is a haze. Unlike perhaps most people, I did not watch the news at all following the attacks. When David Letterman and Jon Stewart came back on the air in tears, that is what provoked an emotional response. I felt their sadness and anger but my prominent reaction was sheer bewilderment.
Mentally, I was in an imaginative state. I started seeing conspiracy theories spreading questions, questions with no real answers. I had my own conspiracy theory which has been dead in my mind for almost ten years (read: this is not what I believe now). I thought that there was a meta-government of some kind, possibly tied to aliens, that decided to stage the attack in order to coerce God into sending Christ back to earth sooner than God had planned, sending him back early to help bring peace to the world for once. Either that or to coerce Christ to take a more active, possibly public, role. And the agenda of some, knowing God will never be coerced, was to seed more distrust in God for why would God allow this to happen unless it can't be trusted. So some wanted the 2nd coming to suit their own agendas.
And for a brief time, I thought I was caught up in that grandiose plan in some way. I think it was then that I decided that if Christ ever did appear to me, that I would follow him. Within the next year, I ended my career with a six-word letter of resignation in order to walk the earth and solve people's problems and on the off chance that I'd ever come across someone Christ-like to learn from them what I could. I did meet a few interesting people in Berkeley where I did my undergrad (so it was like a 2nd home for me). It appeared that the event on 9/11/01 created a huge shockwave in the spiritual domain and I might have been caught up in that shockwave since right after the attacks, my personality started changing until the dam was finally broken open in 2002.
If I ever meet Christ, I will make a point of it to ask him what the deal is with 9/11.
"it is easy to grow crazy"
April 9, 2009
hello again,i havnt been around,i havnt come past for a long time now.A lot of stuff has happened,some bad and some just kept me preoccupied and away from this place.
9/11 ,i woke at 3.30 am to go to work in a remote mining camp in WA,i saw the events on the tv,i couldnt make sense of it,it was either real or some kind of movie preview ,given i was watching it for a few short minutes,the confusion and ect ,me half asleep didn't clear anything up real well, i soon leaned that it was a terrible outcome and so very real.
i hope you are all ok,i had to drop by ,after all it's 9/11 and it's hard not to feel the emotion of it all,as much as any normal human being would about the memory of the attcks.It's across the papers,on TV ,how could we forget.The worst memory i heard through testimony and reading was heartbreaking ,and that event would most definately have to be the souls who jumped from the tower/towers to gain some kind of reprieve however short that was before sudden death.That story was the most horrendous personally.
i think remembering is all we have,remember life is short,support those who need you,and help out your fellow man.
April 9, 2009
I can distinguish the horror of 9/11 from our reaction to it. Can you?
I read the news of the 1st plane. Turned on the TV in time to see the 2nd. 9/11 did not change America. We decided to change America in response to 9/11. On 9/11/01, I thought that this was Americans introduction to how the rest of the world has always operated. Only thing is that we are the big dog. Were the big dog. The rest of the world does not invade and occupy nations that never attacked them. We do, because we can.
9/11/01 was a horrific day. Our gross overreaction to 9/11 has been a greater tragedy than the attack itself.
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