I’m annoyed. Humans, with ten digits, are interested in big round numbers. Tenth, fiftieth, all sorts of anniversaries that divide neatly by 10 (or 25) for that matter. It’s arbitrary, it’s capricious, and it’s really useless.
The kerfuffle over 9/11 is really pretty disgusting. Matt G said it best, in his post Just Stop It. I quote the key grafs: You want to wave our flag? Push to bring back most of our troops from the errands we’ve sent them on. Push to sunset the Patriot Act for good. Push to fire the TSA. Push to strengthen our borders (still as porous as they were 10 years ago, from what I see.).
But don’t use some arbitrary tenth anniversary of the death of our countrymen as a day to be entertained. Do something GOOD for your country for a change, would you, please? We’ve spent the last 3,652 days dismantling it.
Yeah, what he said. Too often, as a society, we opt to do “consciousness raising” and theater instead of actually, you know, DOING something that will work. We choose cheap sentiment and emotion over testing hypotheses and doing what works. Well, screw that noise. Do something useful, or shut up.
Several thousand people died that day, ten years ago. The guy who planned it is now fish food. His minions are cowering, hiding from missiles fired by drones. Good. But we’ve got a long way to go. Fix the border. Get rid of the TSA security theater. Don’t put up with cops who are afraid to be photographed doing their jobs. Get rid of stupid drug laws that fund terrorism.
Use tragedy to make sure those folks didn’t die in vain.