The 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks is an appropriately somber occasion, worthy of reflection. But seriously, the constant replaying and reminding of that day sucks balls. Even talking about it makes me anxious. And now that there’s a “specific, credible but unconfirmed” threat looming out there just makes the whole thing suck even more, particularly if you’re in New York or DC.
It’s not so much that I want to ignore what happened, because obviously we should never forget. But 10 years later, it’s not like we’ve made a significant amount of progress when it comes to civil discourse in our country. Ideologues are still ideologues, on all sides of the conversation, and if anything has happened, it’s that people who were privately assholes have revealed themselves to be public assholes.
I can’t imagine what they’re teaching kids in school these days about 9/11, especially in kindergarten. How do you explain to kids who were born years after the attacks what it all means, especially if most adults don’t really know? And how does a generation of kids who’ve lived their entire lives under the shadow of seemingly endless, ongoing wars connect the dots between what’s happening today with something that’s now completely shrouded in partisan mythology?