I was going to share my world with Embeecee this morning, but that was before I remembered that this was a day for remembering. September 11. An historic day. Will our children learn about this in school? Will our children learn about so many of our historic days, good and bad? I hope so, because we must learn from our history (although I doubt our government has).

So – I remember. I remember when JFK was shot. I had just entered the post office in my small town. The radio was on and there was a heavy sense of doom and gloom in the air. I rushed home, and spent the next several days in front of my TV. Disbelieving, not understanding. How can people do these things to people?

I remember when Martin Luther King was shot. I remember when Bobby Kennedy was shot. It seems that it is those who work hard to protect our freedoms, to try to teach tolerance and understanding, are those who are under attack. How can people do these things to people?

I remember Sandy Hook. I remember Newtown. I remember Parkland. I remember weapons of death falling into the wrong hands, because in our society we have a mania for protecting our right to have those guns – those weapons of death. We truly have no need for the kinds of weapons used in so many of these killings – we do not need high capacity, high velocity weapons of death and destruction. Hunting rifles, hand guns, certainly – provided strict regulations have been met. Mental health, stability, lack of violent history – not unreasonable things to require.

I remember (via my history books) that when the amendment protecting our right to bear arms was written, it was a time when we had no organized military. When any man might be expected to grab his gun and join others to protect our country, our people, our freedoms. That no longer applies, so why not re-evaluate, rewrite, use some common sense. Why do we have to be so blindly defensive about this right?

Of course, 9/11 did not involve guns. It involved extremism, lack of awareness or alertness on our part – and the actions and the men who committed this horror should be condemned. But that does not mean all people of their race should be condemned. All people of any race should never be condemned, or rejected, or villified. Each race has its rotten fruit, sadly. 

On this day of remembering, of wondering how people can do these things to people, I wish that our society would relearn common sense, tolerance, compromise, kindness, honesty, integrity, honor – all things our government officials fail to demonstrate. Those who should be role models, model for the bad, not the good. Our government foments the anger and hatred and injustice these acts that we remember create.

How can people do these things to people?

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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4 Responses to Remembering

  1. Your question is unanswerable except to say (and this is my opinion only): As long as people hate other people for things that ultimately don’t matter, they’ll continue to kill them. For being different, for scaring the killer (or group of killers), for stupid reasons that ultimately don’t change a damned thing. That’s how they can do those sorts of ugly and vile things to other people. Ain’t it a sorry world in which we reside though?


  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve grown to love history as I’ve gotten older. What irritates me is when people want to whitewash and rewrite our nation’s history to exclude the parts that tend to be offensive to our twenty-first century culture. It’s all history and has made us who we are today. I watched the movie Lincoln a few months ago and laughed at the scenes where Congress descended into name calling and hurling insults on both sides. Not much has really changed! This side of heaven, mankind will always look for reasons to hate…whether it be skin color, religious views, political views or something else that makes people different. Every culture has had it’s share of vitriol and hatred. Between communist regimes of Lenin, Stalin, Krushvhev and China, upwards of 120 million people have been killed for disagreeing with their government. The world is full of evil. But we need to know the reasons and context of these horrific events if we ever expect to change. The tragedy of 9-11 is only seven years out from the event. My hope is it never fades from memory or gets rewritten as to why it happened and what type of people carried it out.

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    • Carol says:

      How is it we’ve become overly sensitive in so many areas (requiring the whitewashing of what really was), and yet so insensitive at the same time? Yes, there has always been some vitriol between those with opposite beliefs, yet our Congress managed to get things done in past generations. Now it seems to be all about party, nothing about country and people.


  3. Laura says:

    Taken all together like this, your perspective on history is remarkable. The events you’ve lived through, the turning points you’ve watched us respond to — nothing captures the essence of “history” like someone who’s experienced it in real life.

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