It is without a doubt that the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. As we sat and watched the WTC collapse in front of our
eyes, none of us really knew how much the world was about to change.
But by 2001, the United States was no stranger to terror attacks. There was the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the 1996 summer
Olympics bombing to name a few. Were the 9/11 attacks the final straw? Was it a wake up call? Was it the sheer number of deaths that scared people
more than before? Was it the idea that planes could now be used as vehicles for terrorism that filled people’s hearts with fear? Even in 2001 people
around the world were no strangers to seeing airplanes used as vehicles for terrorism- PanAm flight 103 is a good example.
Me only being in my early 20s, I find myself questioning the authenticity of what I remember about the 90s some of the time, but one thing is without
a doubt in my mind: the late 90s had a very different vibe than present times. I ask myself: is that because I’m recalling child hood and trying to
compare it to a time where, now as an adult, I am more knowledgeable about how the world works? Or have things really changed drastically in terms of
people’s attitudes and the overall mood of society? What is responsible for the drastically different feeling and the ever present fear and tension
in the air today?
Even with the patriot movement and the 40 school shootings that took place during the 1990s, this didn’t seem to keep people shaken up. Things
always went back to being relaxed and tranquil. Consumerism was high, the economy was strong, and gasoline was cheap. The middle class was booming,
and the suburbs were a great place to live. The government was running surpluses even into the Bush years, up until after 9/11.
All seemed well in America at the end of the 20th century, but the 21st century marks the decline of the United States. We kicked off the 21st century
with a president who wasn’t legitimately elected, a terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people, an energy crisis, the bursting of the dot com
bubble, two wars, the worst financial meltdown since the great depression, the infringement on the United States constitution, and the monstrosity
that is the Obama administration, along with all of its scandals as well as the polarization of political viewpoints on both sides of the spectrum.
Generation Y, people born between 1981 and 1995, are now a larger generation than the baby boomers. But for the first time in American history, this
generation as a whole won’t enjoy a standard of living that is higher than their parents’. Who is to blame for this? Are we an entitled
generation? Do we come from broken homes with high divorce rates? Are our parents overprotective workaholics who didn’t prepare us for life? Or
perhaps our parents reached the absolute height of success- such a level which cannot be surpassed?
What is responsible for the drastic change in societal mood in America since the 1990s? Is it a conspiracy relating to 9/11, or something bigger? Is
it part of a NWO conspiracy where those who plan to seize power simply decided to start moving into action in the 21st century? Is the polarization of
political issues, and ever growing radical views of both ends of the political spectrum a conspiracy that is being perpetuated by the mass media, used
to distract us while the NWO takes away rights and seizes power? Was Generation Y deliberately sabotaged to not be as prosperous, perhaps priming them
to be more accepting of a bigger and more intrusive government promising redistribution of wealth? Does the sudden 90s nostalgia among generation Y
mean anything? The decade wasn’t that long ago- is this longing for a “better” time an indicator of how bad things have become since the end of
Now with government surveillance a bigger problem than ever, with things like the patriot act and NSA trying to stomp out citizens' freedoms, can
America ever return to a time as prosperous and as tranquil as the 90s?
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