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Reflections on 9-11

I told myself at first that I wouldn't do this, as I am sure we have all felt the airwaves saturated with musings on the events of 11 Sep 2001 and their ramifications - some profound, some vacuous, some redundant, and some original. Like so many other friends whose entries I've read today, however, I felt the urge to pose a few questions that seemed important to me.

What is the best way to invalidate violent rhetoric? andrewwyld (whom I cite for the third entry in a row) has suggested that making laughingstocks of violent demagogues might do them in - idealogically speaking - as effectively as making laughingstocks of ourselves, the potential or imminent victims. It's an interesting thought, at any rate: scurra ex machina, if you will.

What is memorialized by a memorial? I have heard enough sentences that begin with "Let it [a park, a memorial, etc.] stand as a reminder..." and end with incitement to everything from ousting (or preservation) of the current U.S. administration through due electoral process, to references to more of the abovementioned violent demagoguery. Consequently, I have begun to suspect that - all too often - anger, blame, hate, regret and (the toxic variety of) grief are memorialized along with the dead. A morsel for thought.

How can we begin to grasp it? This phrase sticks in my memory as well. I have visited NYC all of one time (on the day I turned 10), and though I saw the WTC and the Ice Capades, and walked many flights of stairs inside the Empire State Building, I have a very faint memory of the images of the city. Like many, I can barely sense that it has been two years since that terrible day. What comes to mind today, oddly, is the recollection that over 10 years ago, a few months after the garage bombing of the WTC, three of my classmates and I were working on a C++ programming project - developing an intelligent agent to play a variant of the Milton-Bradley game Scotland Yard. We ended up calling the project World Trade Center, and I remember sitting through the demo one warm May day in 1993 and musing that all was well that ended with better security...

What a difference eight years makes.

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Banazîr

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(Anonymous)
Sep. 20th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
Speaking of making laughing stock of violent demagogues... remember "Demosthenes" near the beginning of the third Ender book?

Also, on the subject of 9-11 (which to me means "ninth of november" - what kind of logic is it to go month, day, year instead of arranging them neatly by in/de/creasing length? ;)), let us not forget 1973.

Hugs, Hax
banazir
Sep. 21st, 2003 05:13 am (UTC)
Speaking of making laughing stock of violent demagogues... remember "Demosthenes" near the beginning of the third Ender book?
You mean Valentine?
Was this something she did to the Starways Congress or to the violent pequeninos or hmunsas of Lusitania [1]?

Also, on the subject of 9-11 (which to me means "ninth of november" - what kind of logic is it to go month, day, year instead of arranging them neatly by in/de/creasing length? ;))
I dunno, I lawaz say 11 Sep 2001.

let us not forget 1973.
Of curse. Welp, knot forgot aboat it, nazwaz - you and I weren't alive xxet to rilly memember it.

[1] gosh, I'd forgotten the name of the planet!

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Banazir
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