Originally posted by Kriz_4
I know that this symbolism is being done with only good intentions, however.
Frankley I find it sick.
Well you know what they say, "Good intentions pave the way to hell". The Spanish Inquisition was done with good intentions. Nazi Germany was done
with good intention (Hitler, including the entire country, believed this was indeed best for the world). But good is subjective, you can do anything
believing that it's a good thing or "for the best", but such personal subjective perspectives don't change the objective reality of your
In the case of mourning ONLY when those who die happen to be in your country or an allied country? Hypocracy! Why?
When someone else kills many innocents, especially when those innocents happen to be our countrymen, it's a terrible tragedy and we all feel so upset
and sympathetic! When we go to another country and blow up a lot more innocent people, ah no big deal, just collateral damage, it happens. In fact, we
then start wearing "support our troops" stickers on our McCars because apparently blowing up innocent people in other countries for no reason is
actually a great thing, don't you know!
Now, am I just turning things into an argument? Well if you call stating your opinion "starting an argument". I realise the mods aren't making
anyone wear any ribbons, I am simply expressing my thoughts regarding those who wear ribbons selectively, and practice what can be called "selective
sympathy", which means, sympathizing with some, but having no sympathy for others, simply because those others are in a different country, practice a
different religion, or have a different way of life.
911 was also a big tragedy, and the world was shocked and full of sympathy. What about if those same people who died on 911 were systematically
murdered one at a time over a period of one year, would this then be so "sad"? No not really, there are murders happening all over the US all the
time, they are simply "statistics" and nothing more, most people, unless they are personally impacted by a murder, do not care. But if it's a whole
bunch of people all at ONCE, suddenly it's a terrible tragedy and we feel so sorry for their families and everyone else. Once again, what about the
families and loved ones of those who do NOT die all at once, but die over a period of time under similar circumstances, do they not matter, are they
just "statistics"? This dehymanizes them, and no one would like it if I called 911 just a statistic and no big deal, would they? No, if I were to do
that, people would have too many emotional defensive reactions, suddenly it's "wrong", and I'd be belittling the event, and I'd be called every
name you can think of, even equated with the terrorists responsible for the event perhaps.
So while the murders of innocent civilians in Iraq and other countries around the world continues, while terrorism in those countries is a daily
affair, it seems that they are ignored by us on the other side of the globe, seen as just statistics, and dehumanized by our mainstream media. When
was the last time there was a similar explosion in Iraq and everyone started wearing ribbons for those dead? Just because our "leaders" call them
"the enemy" does not make them any less human, unless we pretend it does.
[edit on 13-7-2005 by lilblam]