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Some brief thoughts on 9/11 - moonshadowed
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Some brief thoughts on 9/11
Last night, I was playing the online game I like to play, World of Warcraft.  (Did my first instance (Nexus)as main tank:  lv80 warrior(me!) , 2 deathknights -in 71 and 72, I think.... one of whom is a VERY experienced tank), a lv 80 warlock, and a lv 80 pally.who acted as our healer. -- we only had one complete wipe, on the final boss.) 

Anyway, after we were done the instance, it was close to midnight my time and someone on the world chat asked for a few min silence to commemorate 9/11.     And a couple of people were VERY irreverant.  But the comment that burned me up the most was "So, it was almost 10 years ago."

My thought was:  SO?  What the f*ck does that have to do with it?

It WAS a tragedy, it IS a tragedy.   People lost their sons, their brothers, their husbands, their fathers... their daughters, their sisters, their wives, their mothers.. their friends.  It was the first terrorist attack on American soil.  it was a loss of innocence as a nation. 

To be so cavalier about the loss of life, for whatever reason...is horrible..  and anyone who is so.. less than human, in my opinion.

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anjelstar76 From: anjelstar76 Date: September 11th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are some unfeeling people out there in the world.

However ... my thoughts on the comment that burned you up ... you are reading it through a chat interface and may not be interpreting it the way the typer meant it. You don't know the emotions behind what caused the individual to type those words. How do you know this person isn't tired of feeling the sense of sadness and loss dragging on and on. They're tired of people lamenting over what occurred 8 years ago? How do you know that they aren't just tired of it, that they just want to enjoy this fantasy game without real life worries interfering? Perhaps this person was simply trying to say it's time to move forward and not linger in the past. But then again ... neither of us will ever truly know.

Unless people are personally touched by a tragedy of this magnitude, it never really has the same meaning for them as it does for someone who has lost someone. It's like those who died in the Halocaust. I am not Jewish ... so it doesn't have the same emotional impact on me than it would on someone who is Jewish, or someone who actually survived the brutality.

Not every American is as patriotic as others are. While I was not personally touched by the tragedy (in the sense of losing a loved one), I do understand the sense of loss those people felt and feel. However, I will not pretend that I am feeling sad, because I'm not.

There is only one emotion I feel every September 11th: Anger. Anger at the United States government's inability to catch those who were/are the masterminds behind the attack. Anger at their willingness to cover up the fact that instead of going after the real people behind it, they used it as an excuse to enter Saudi Arabi looking for WMDs. And I also feel disappointed.

My main point to all this - never assume.
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: September 11th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right.

And I wasn't personally touched by either it or the Holocaust... so I don't feel the sadness I would if I had been. But the loss of life is a sad thing.

And I can totally understand not wanting real life sadness to intrude on a game..but the original person wasn't asking for people to rend their hair or beat their breasts..but a few moments of silence. Even if the other people rolled their eyes, was it really too much to expect a minute or two of silence rather than the innanity that goes on (usually) in trade chat?
anjelstar76 From: anjelstar76 Date: September 11th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
People in MMOs can be very heartless.
aynne_witch From: aynne_witch Date: September 11th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
*people in MMOs can be very heartless*

Heartless, rude out of all context, insensitive close to the point of sociopathic, ill mannered, uncouth and foul mouthed -

None of which excuses the behavior, regardless of 'their reason'.

Is it really so frickin' hard for people to get a clue that if they disagree with something that is apparently important to others that all they have to do is Leave the Chat instead of throwing hurtful trash at others.

Moonshadow - I am sorry you had to deal with that kind of vitriol from people who just don't get it that they are 'free to leave the room' if the topic of conversation is not to their liking, and that their 'right' to express their opinion ends that the edge of the same boundary as their 'right' not to listen to opinions they don't agree with.
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: September 11th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't really have to deal with it personally. Someone else had requested the silence and someone else was disrespectful (in my opinion) back to them... altho like Anjelstar says, I shouldn't assume their tone.)

It was just something that bothered me, so rather than start a broo-haha on the chat, I came here to post. Although maybe I should have said something, I dunno. It was late, and I was tired, so I probably wouldnt have been nearly as nice or eloquent as I tried to be this morning.
From: ts3_doe Date: September 11th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Aeronwy

I lived approximately THREE BLOCKS from the World Trade Center for a good number of years. One of my good friends worked at Merrill Lynch inside the WTC and wasn't there that morning because she had a dentist appointment she'd put off 3 times already and couldn't put off again. My then boyfriend's sister was arriving for work that morning at one of the restaurants inside the WTC and was caught in the subways when the explosion happened. She couldn't talk much about what she saw, it was too traumatic. She wound up in therapy for almost 2 years. All I know is she saw body parts. Not BODIES, but body PARTS, when they finally dug out everyone who was stuck down there, FIVE HOURS later.

That person is really freakin' lucky I wasn't online or I would have absolutely ripped him a new hole.

Add to all of the above the fact that I'd moved out of NYC and to California just 6 months before and you can throw a whole crapload of guilt on top of everything else, that I wasn't there with my friends, to deal with everything that went down. :(
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