So how does that work?
If you’re watching the commemoration ceremonies happening this morning in New York and Washington, D.C., the emotions of that September day 15 years ago are bubbling again. The profound prophecy of someone’s “We will never be the same… this is terrorism” comment is a sobering, ugly reality.
But, what if you weren’t born yet? Or young enough to have been sheltered from the horror of that day? Or, God forbid, you have cold, dark soul like some people in this world evidently do.
Will it feel as distant, disconnected and impersonal to the Ys, Zs and whatever the next generations are called as moments like D-Day and Pearl Harbor do to me? Will the chronicles of 9-11 get shorter and more compact with each edition of the US Social Studies books? Will there even be Social Studies books that will authenticate the horrors wrought on thousands of innocent Americans and spread to every single American soul on that day? Will terrorism itself be lumped into a subject that becomes as benign or commonplace that it’s covered in the same category as economics or world literature?
No doubt, ‘Never forget’ is the right plan. Will it work that way?
Side note: I’ve upgraded my WordPress account so I can add videos and more things to my new blog. Here are a couple pages from my book ” You’ve Got a Wedgie Cha Cha Cha” — a column I wrote in September 2001. busyhands And here’s a video I think works for today, too.