for the hundreds of millions for whom the date is their birthday, wedding anniversary or other occasion for joy and thanks giving.
Oh sure, it was a ginormous heartbreaking tragedy — what happened at the World Trade Center and other hot spots in the United States, today 10 years ago.
Oh sure, the US has spent USD4 trilllion on its war on terror, a war chest that’s added by tens of thousands to the deaths of those who perished in the deliberate suicidal plane crashes on that fateful day a decade ago.
Oh sure, 9/11 was witnessed “live” by tens of millions across the globe on their TV screens and so the awful scenes are etched in the memory of tens of millions. But the blow-by-blow replaying of the tragic events of that day 3,650 days later does seem to err on the side of indulgence 😦
I’ve three ex-school-mates who call 9/11 their birthday and last night we marked it with a satay party followed by desserts and a carrot cake, all made by the main celebrant’s children.
Yet because of all the high octane reminders that continue to be given worldwide every year immediately before, on and after their special day about a sad event that was not of their making, there’s always a pall of uneasiness over their celebrations.
In fact, it could even cause them to wonder internally whether it’s appropriate to feel joyful on a day the world has collectively, willy nilly designated as disastrous?
Hence I appeal to those who have made and continue to make much about what happened on 9/11, 2001 to bear in mind that there are others who were given this very day for joy and thankfulness — through no fault of theirs. Don’t inadvertently be their party pooper!