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9/11 2010 – a day later.


The following entry was something I posted yesterday on 9/11 in my private Live Journal friends group.  I posted it with comments disabled, as I did not want to discuss those things on such a day, in order to keep the day more as a memorial.  Now that the day is over, I will be re-enabling comments on that post soon.  I also thought I’d bring the post over here.


Today I sit alone in the house while Ray is "up the island" taking a Red Cross course on "mass casualties" – or something like that.  What an ironic course to be taking on a day like today…?!  But – my alone time is causing me to think about the day and it’s meaning – but it’s also moved to where our nation is 9 years after the horrible attack – and I’m sad about it.

I don’t often get into politics here, but I suspect I’ll touch on it in this entry, because it can’t be helped.

For one, our nation surely isn’t as unified as we were during the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.  We banded together and were there for each other like no other time I can remember.  It was a testament to the human spirit as to what we could be — and really are — if we allow ourselves to be that way.

Lots of things have entered our lives since then – most notably wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), and there’s nothing like "a little war" (said tongue in cheek) to bring out the worst in us, that’s for sure.  In all fairness, it can also bring out the best in us.  I *have* seen valor, bravery and patriotism among our service people, and, as a nation, I think we are proud of them for serving their country well, and with honor.  However, this is not what I’m talking about.  It’s quite understandable that emotions will run high during wars because "someone’s son/daughter" – "someone’s wife/husband" are getting KILLED in these wars.  We don’t want them to die "in vain".  If we are not sure – as a nation – that the purposes of these wars will bring about the desired result, then conflict and division among citizens ensues.  In addition, we are also not in agreement as to what the “desired result” should be!  And, it’s my opinion that not enough of us have been sure of these things.  Whether it’s "true" or "not true" that these wars’ purpose has value, or they have accomplished their purposes, we have not been unified as a nation about them.

I also think that the actions of George Bush post 2001, then the Presidential election in 2008 and Obama Presidency have polarized us as people.  I don’t intend to take sides in that statement — only to say that this has been the result.  Red state / blue state … rich / poor … urban / rural … Christian / non-Christian … Republican / Democrat … liberal / conservative … tea party / coffee party.  Somehow in the time lapse between 2001 and now, we have stopped listening to each other with respect.  Ad hominem attacks abound, and it’s easier to call people ugly things when they have been reduced to less than "human" or a "stereotype" in one’s mind.  We can’t seem to understand others who differ from us.  It’s not that we have to agree with them.  Why not simply understand that they have good reasons, based upon their personal circumstances why they believe what they do, and respect them for that.

Now … let’s add a little fear into the equation – – or, more fear than we already have had about the state of the world and possible terrorism.  Enter:  the faltering economy.  People have lost their jobs, pensions have been reduced to unlivable levels, and many are less sure about their futures.  Humans do funny things when we’re scared — like get angry at the nearest target, get into the blame game, and be even more ugly to others.  We huddle in the safety of those like us.

Now, even 9/11 has entered the conflict and we are divided over that.  Let’s hate *all* Muslims … let’s burn the Quran.  The anger that we legitimately have at a few extremists is now being aimed at an entire religion.  IMO, Christianity has it’s extreme elements, too, and it behooves Christians to look within a bit more and make sure they’re blameless before they go after another.  (And, I’m a Christian)  True — Christians have not run planes into buildings, but there is no difference between Christian (or any) extremism and theirs in their mentality.  Also (IMO), extremism begets extremism on the other side.  Humans so often react as a pendulum does.  If things go too far one way, we have a tendency to make it go that far the other way, probably out of fear to keep whatever it is as far away as possible.

This entire thing saddens me, because in all these things, imo, we have lost sight of what happened — and the meaning of this day — to remember those who died, and especially to honor the rescuers who were killed in the line of that duty.  It was awful and very wrong what happened, and anger is understandable toward the extremists who did the acts.  But — IMO — to blame all Muslims, and to allow this to turn our country (and people) into a Muslim hating country is not fair to them.  Ok — I’ve heard that they hate us, so we’re just being stupid to be understanding and respectful.  Well — to respond to this – the Christian message is not "revenge", but one of "taking the higher road" – or – that’s how *I* personally see it.  Bottom line:  how is peace and understanding going to be achieved with this mentality?   I’m not saying that we roll over and play dead, and we must be vigilant as far as unearthing possible terror threats.  Terrorists do exist!  It’s just this hate we seem to be feeling for anything and anyone that is different, and disagrees with us is surely not helpful.

I was going to leave comments open, but have decided as I write this that I’d rather not.  Today is not a day to debate any of this.  Instead, what I’d like is for any readers to simply remember those who died — and to honor those who who tried to rescue those trapped, but were also killed.  Please — just do that.


Of course the comments here on this entry are enabled.  🙂

And … as I think on this, I realize that this issue is a lot more complex than one blog post written by one “rank amateur” can ever cover.  Scratching the surface of the issue is a start.

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For the last few days, I have been spending way too much time perusing both Blogger and WordPress to decide which way to go if I choose to start a public blog. This entry is on WordPress because, at this point, I am leaning this way.

Clearly I’m a luddite. Even using the ready made templates and drop and drag widgets, I’m still confused. I have been cloistered in Live Journal since 2001, and their system is different. They have added some things, but it’s still a different site. Things such as "subscriptions" and "blogrolls" do not exist on Live Journal, in favor of "communities" and friends lists. How does one set up a blogroll. What are subscriptions. How does one subscribe to another journal (it’s called "following" on blogger – that is – if it is the same thing) I sense that on Blogger one can only have as many widgets as the layout will allow – but one can add any number of them to the WordPress blog. Yet – I read where WordPress won’t allow anything except their own widgets. I have managed to change the photo to my own photo on this layout, but unless I pay, I can’t use custom layouts. With Blogger, you can. So many things to consider and work to understand….

Here is a link that will help the comparison process: http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html

But — all of this is about cosmetics. My real concern now is more about why do I really want to begin another blog, when I’m happy where I am – – which I am. I have a wonderful "friends list" (subscribers or followers) and many are truly friends. Why do I need to add to this?

My Live Journal is locked – for friends only. The personal nature of what I include in that journal demands that it not be public. The draw for me now is to be writing something that can be made public yet still be somewhat personal with depth. What I can’t figure out is WHY I have this compulsion. When I go into my heart – I feel this odd and pervasive desire to have strangers — "unknowns" — attracted by my verbiage.  Yet, why isn’t Live Journal fulfilling this need? Why do I need more and more of this attention? I suspect this is about finding outer things to fulfill me rather than looking within and making me good enough FOR me! Yet — this is not to say there is anything wrong or "unhealthy" in doing this, as long as there is some kind of balance.  I’m not known for that, however….

Even though I’ve lived with these feelings for a long time, (which is why I’ve had a shell of a blog at blogger for several years now — awaiting the time I’d begin it) what has moved me to do this is my childhood friend starting a Blogger blog. I want to reciprocate and share a blog with her. I know that blogging together will strengthen our friendship. Her entries have been interesting and full of deth.  I’d like to do the same.

Then there are the time constraints. I’m involved with my photography and Flickr. My Live Journal takes time – as does Facebook. Can I keep this up? I am not the kind of person who whips things off quickly. Blogging takes time for me – I rewrite a lot.

Then … what would be the theme of this journal? First thought: a photoblog intermixed with personal insights. I can x-post some of my photo posts from Live Journal here. They are most often fine for public viewing. I also need to keep it from involving (or better said) compromising other people who share my life, and myself, too. If I do need to mention others, as I know will happen because I don’t live in a vacuum, do i use pseudonyms? Or — is using first names ok?

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out….!

Indecision…!


I’ve created a blog here, but not yet sure of it’s purpose.  I don’t even know if I’ll keep it.  The truth is, I already have a long standing blog over at Live Journal (http://sweetmeow.livejournal.com/), which I began in 2001.  However, it’s a locked journal — for "friends only".  I’m very happy over there, and have made wonderful friends.

Lately, however, I’ve had a hankering to have a public blog somewhere else, which would involve writing a bit differently knowing I would have no control who read my words.  Both the Blogger and Word Press sites seem to cater to the more mature blogger, of which I’m one, so I suspect that’s the lure to come to either of these places for public blogging.  Word Press seems to have more features, so am considering being here.  However, my long time childhood friend is on Blogger, and I’d like to make it easy for her to link to my public blog, so Blogger would make sense if I use that criteria.

So — since I can’t make a decision right now, I have the shell of a blog both here and on Blogger.  Give me time!

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