The 9-11 “terrorist” attacks were a traumatic event in American history; they reminded us that America is not invulnerable and the American people
can be subject to attack on their own home shores by those who have a beef with our foreign policy.
Soon after the attacks, a new slogan arose to remind America to keep in mind the
victims and heroes of the attacks that day, to hold them in our thoughts and prayers and to never forget the evil men who perpetrated this crime and
galvanize the country into action to seek out and destroy those responsible.
[color=C25283] NEVER FORGET 9-11
Remembering those lost in the attacks and the heroes of that day is a laudable sentiment. People who have lost loved ones should keep those people in
their thoughts, remembering the good times and honor their memory by seeking to keep them alive in their thoughts and lives. Heroism should always be
remembered to serve as examples of the bravery ordinary people are capable of and in order to inspire others to do their best to help those around
Keeping in mind those who perpetrated the act and focusing on the traumatic events of the day is another matter. It is focusing on the negative
aspects of the attack, keeping the trauma of the event fresh in the memory like a raw wound. Focusing on the “terrorists” keeps the mind focused
on negativity; distrust, the desire for revenge, fear of another attack and the hatred of Muslim countries across the globe.
In the days after the attacks, the focus was on the victims and heroes of that day; the firefighters, police and emergency workers who rushed into the
buildings or helped dig the bodies out from the wreckage. In those days, “Never Forget 9-11” meant honoring their memories. It was a call to
mourning and the realization that the US was vulnerable to an attack on our shores and that people must be more vigilant in the future.
Soon, however, the slogan became more of a call to vengeance against those who
attacked us (even though all of those who perpetrated the attacks died in those attacks) and was used to mobilize the public into using America’s
military power against Muslim countries, most of whom had little or nothing to do with the events of that day.
Today, those in power use the slogan to keep the wound open, ready for them to rub salt in it whenever they want to scare or intimidate us into giving
up more freedoms in the name of keeping us safe in the “war on terror”.
“We Will Never Forget”: Metz, Memory, and the Dangerous Spirituality of Post-9/11 America
Memory is also central to the national spirituality of the United States, which has in recent years focused its historical narrative on the
memorial event of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Rather than “interrupting” the profoundly violent history of the United States, the memory of
9/11 has been used to encourage feelings of fear, anger, and revenge within the population of the US, which has, in turn, been used to support further
violence and imperial ambition. September 11, as a central memorial event of recent American spirituality, continues to serve as a “dangerous
memory” in the literal sense, especially for people around the world who are on the receiving end of the U.S.-led War on Terror.
“Never Forget 9-11” has been co-opted for political purposes to remind Americans to be afraid, always afraid of a boogeyman that is always hiding
in the shadows. It is used to keep America afraid, angry and divided. It is used to continually expand the list of those who may turn against the
American people, even to the point of classifying those who had risked their lives in the “war against terror” as potential “terrorists”
themselves upon their return to civilian life.
Perhaps it is time to take this weapon away from the people in power. Perhaps it is time for the country to move on from the day after the 9-11
attacks. It has been eleven years since that day and the country is still thrashing around like it had just happened yesterday. Forgetting past
traumatic events and moving on is a healthy way to heal from the trauma. Wallowing in the memory of that traumatic event is what keeps people from
moving on and getting on with their lives. If America ever wants to move past the attacks of that day and get back to the things that made this
country great, we need to let go of the memory of 9-11 and move on with our lives.
Moving on With Your Life, and Forgetting Your Past
A lot of people are guilty of one thing in life, and I admit that I am one of them - living in the past.
This might apply differently to each and every person out there, but generally speaking, ranging right from the trivial little things right up to the
terribly traumatic life changing events, we’ve all experienced it in some way. I’ve been through some hellish times in my life, and for a long
time afterwards I found myself time after time, day after day, sitting there doing nothing but replaying the memories in my mind over and over.
There’s a reason why people always say that one shouldn’t live in the past; because it doesn’t achieve anything at all. After years of wasting
time looking back, I saw everyone else carrying on normally, and I was stagnant, not accomplishing anything; I had no goals; no real reason to live at
all. One day I just decided that I had had enough of doing nothing, and I set about setting goals and reaching them.
There’s a difference between reminiscing briefly in conversation and going on and on about something so that everyone gets sick of hearing about it.
You might think it’s insensitive of them to be that way, but you must just realize that nobody likes a miserable person.
America has become that annoying person who rambles on and on about the 9-11 attacks to the point that everyone else is sick and tired of hearing
about it anymore, the American people included.
America needs to move past 9-11 and get on with its life. We need to stop getting into senseless wars with those who may become
to us in the future. Most of all we need to stop jumping at shadows and accepting intrusions in our privacy in the name of keeping us safe. We need to
stop hiding behind government and take responsibility for our own safety by being vigilant but, not to the point of being paranoid.
I’m not saying that we should erase the events of 9-11 from our minds, just stop reliving those events day after day after day. People who lost
loved ones should keep them in their memories but, the rest of us need to move on. Nothing good can come from holding on to negative memories and
focusing on the negative aspects of that day, only more fear and paranoia, while the government slowly strips away our freedoms in the name of keeping
Notice the irony of the "Less government = More freedom" bumper sticker on that truck.