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How do you really feel about this? Do you have any strong opinions on the topic? Anything at all... Speak yo mind.
-- Jen (Jen@echoside.net), September 11, 2001
Thinking about your entry. Thinking a lot actually. because I used to feel the same thing. For many years I thought I had no emotion. Still do actually. I mean, truthfully, will this affect you at fifteen and a world away in the midwest? no. Hell, it won't affect me at 35 here in New England. But I think you hit it right. it's helplessness. That's the pervaling feeling I have as well. It's awe and amazement that keeps me glued to the tv, but not tears and gut wrenching horror. I'm completely amazed that the towers were brought down so easily. I was up there on August 14 in tower two. It was a massive building......
I don't feel anger, or sorrow, but simply somber helplessness. I only hope for swift retribution.
-- Tony (email@example.com), September 11, 2001.
I don't want to start a fight with you. But. I live in Australia, and when I got up at 1am to make myself a drink and there on the television was most of American's indentity in flames, I was scared. I cried. I read your website a lot, and the post you wrote about it was probably the first I didn't like. People died. A LOT of people died. Now, I know that doesn't affect you - you probably didn't know them. But imagine if your whole family worked in the trade center, like one American man. His whole fucking family died. And what probably is scaring a lot of people more is not what has happened now, but potentially what could happen. This could be the start of World War Three - the first nuclear war. *Geez, going over the top a bit on the drama, eh?* The drama is going to be there if it happens. Don't you think you should show these people a bit of respect?
-- Luisa (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 12, 2001.
I knew when I wrote that that people would take it entirely the wrong way. [And I'm not arguing with you or fighting, I'm just going to let you know what I meant]
In no way did I mean straight out that I didn't CARE. Nor do I think that I showed lack of respect. I understand how serious this is, I understand how horrible it would be to have been there or to be a family member, that especially.
I can't tell you how many times I heard the phrase, "My heart goes out to..." And that's all well and good that someone can utter that little sentence. It's empowering to know that we are still able to feel for another. But in no way does this do anyone a stitch of good. You hear all about how bad everyone feels but I'm hearing hardly anything of how anyone is willing to help or what they are going to do to get the U.S. back on stable ground.
Prayers are one thing, if that's what you do. But saying how bad you feel and sitting there worrying about what is going to happen next will do NOTHING.
Everyone feels just horrible. I feel sickened by it all. But who really gives a fuck what WE feel? What people who are far from New York and had no friends or family lost? Who cares? All this crying and pain? We have no idea what it is to be hurting during this. We have no idea.
I really hope in a way you understand what I'm saying and realize that I mean no disrespect to anyone that was hurt or killed.
-- Jen (Jen@echoside.net), September 12, 2001.
"Fact: On September 11, 2001, as many as 10,000 Americans were killed by unknown persons in symbolic attacks on US military and economic power.The world mourns and expresses outrage. US activists respond likewise. Fact: Between 1991 and 2001 an average of 3,800 Iraquis were killed *EACH WEEK* by US military action and economic sanctions. The world yawns, and US activists largely do likewise."
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-- Kodanshi (email@example.com), September 14, 2001.
i just wanted to say that i agree with your entry from today (9/14/01). although i probably don't feel the same way as you (meaning i probably care more about it than you do.. maybe?) you've made a strong point. your friend is right... you're not a horrible girl. you were just being honest and i admire t
-- elizabeth (from lj) (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 14, 2001.
Thank you. And I do care, I just think that I tend to show my caring and understanding a lot different than most people.. And the way I explain that, sometimes people take it the wrong way. And I don't really blame them, I guess if I was reading what I wrote, that I would take it the same way. I'm just focused more on the other issues and not as much on how horrible the casualties were and the deaths, though they WERE bad.
It's really hard to explain it full out without, in some way or another, contradicting myself.
-- Jen (Jen@echoside.net), September 14, 2001.
-- -- Karrisa (email@example.com) (Karrisa (firstname.lastname@example.org)), July 21, 2003.