Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11th

Another anniversary of 9/11 and there is a lot out there to chew on if you so desire. The LA Times has a great editorial entitled "What We've Lost" and what we've lost are lives as well as freedoms.

No one has covered 9/11 like the NY Times and they have updated their special online section with new articles, new resources, and links to new digital museum exhibitions.

The Washington Post has a special section on the building of the Pentagon Memorial, called Sacred Ground.

NPR's story on today's ceremony can be found here.

Biology Professor PZ Myers over at Pharyngula has sharp words as usual; I do agree with his assessment that we need to stop living in fear. I disagree with his opinion about the remembrance services; the families are behind keeping the services going and it can be pointed out that we still mark events such as the Pearl Harbor bombing. But going back to his point about our need to stop living in fear, we Americans have practically made it into a sciene; check out Barry Glasner's excellent book The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.

We need to remember but also move on with our lives. These are not incompatible goals but for some reason the news accounts seem to think that you can have one but not both. That's crass. There is still mourning going on at the national level. The September 11th attacks not only punched a hole in American civic mythology, but created a wound through which we were violently pulled into the 21st century. We recognize that the culture has changed, we recognize that the way we see the world has changed, and we recognize that it may be, only in the retrospective view of history, that we fully understand those changes.

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