Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's been 10 years. What have we been doing?

What Tam said.

One thing I will say: The class of 2002 was the first wave of the Millennials, the first generation where the idea that something like this could happen was a part of our adult life from day one. We had to rethink what we thought we knew, but it was a rethinking of rote lessons, not actual life experience. The rethinking was the experience. So far, I haven't been impressed with how we've handled it. [Like the powers that be have done a better job? -- ed.] People have made comparisons to Pearl Harbor from the beginning, but I realized in the last couple days that it doesn't hold up. Pearl was an attack on a military, by another military, in the middle of an ongoing war. The problem was clear-cut, and so was the solution. We took our military and beat up their military until they cried uncle. But this? This was an attack on civilians, by civilians, in the middle of a war of ideas. They're not the same thing at all.

So mostly I'm going to say a prayer that those in authority understand why the actions of those men 10 years ago were evil, and what needs to be done to counter that evil. You can't just say "You're wrong"; you have to show, through your words and actions, why your position is the right one. Unfortunately, believing that puts me at odds with most of my peer group. Keep that in mind over the next 10 (or 20) years. It'll explain a lot.

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