Just Remember

I’m not an advocate of turning this date into an national day of mourning. I don’t think that does anything beyond giving a group of religious zealots a chance to say, “See? They aren’t so great. We can hurt them.”

Three thousand men and women who just wanted to get through another long, boring Tuesday died at the hands of people who think your long, boring Thursday is an affront to God. If you can even fathom it, how can you forget it?

But how do you remember the murder of 3,000 people without mourning? How do you make sure the opposite doesn’t happen? That we don’t simply go on with our own little lives and forget about it like it was some Irwin Allen disaster movie? Or worse, give away our right to remember to a corporate-sponsored media spectacle or to power-hungry politicians who’ll whip us into a frenzy of revenge and faux patriotism for their own gain?

I think you do it by making it a day of personal reflection. Celebrate the freedom that is at the very core of the tragedy by choosing your own path to remembrance. Many will do it by saying nothing. A silent prayer. Some will march defiantly onward in creative displays of freedom. And, yes, some will mourn. It doesn’t matter. Just remember.

And thank God for every long, boring Thursday.

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13 Responses to Just Remember

  1. Jeffrey says:

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  2. Sunidesus says:

    Here’s to many more long and boring days.

  3. Ric The Schmuck says:

    Nicely stated, chum. Very nice.

  4. kat says:

    Very well said Sol. And why is some guy advertising flag desktops in your comments? That’s just icky.

  5. Solonor says:

    I thought about taking out the comment, but I like to growl at it instead. Gives me something to do.

  6. JustAGirl says:

    Well said as usual. Hugs to ya, man.

  7. Domino says:

    A weird day, it’s like you can feel the emotions in the air. Personally I feel a lot of sadness. Sad that so many died, sad that we all lost a lot of innocence that day, and sad that there’s so much hate in the world.

    “All You Need is Love”

    If everyone in this world would just get high, drink a bunch of beer, eat lots of chocolate and pizza, have lot’s of sex, chill the f*** out, love each other, and listen to the Beatles this world would be a MUCH BETTER PLACE!

  8. Ric The Schmuck says:

    I want to elect Domino for King Of The World. He is being so very profound. I wanna live by Domino’s rules…..

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