Good morning folks! What a beautiful morning it is. Right blue sky, a yellow Sun – very much like that day nine years ago. I’m interested to see that Newsweek has posted an article speculating about why America overreacted to the events of 9/11. What they focus on is not so much the reaction of citizens as the reaction of the government. We’ve managed to spend billions and give up lots of our fundamental rights (are you listening, Tea Partiers?) in response to something that, in the grand scheme of things, probably wasn’t such a huge threat after all.
I fault George Bush and the oh-so-silent Dick Cheney (tick, tick, tick) for helping to turn our response into the incredibly paranoid thing that it became. The national psyche reminds me, in many ways, of an individual psyche – and when responding to trauma, there are so many paths that one can take. As a body politic, we seem to have taken the path of exacerbating our already slightly paranoid tendencies. Too bad we didn’t seek out help, tap into our deeper wisdom, and fashion a healthier response for ourselves. It’s frightening, what we have become/are becoming.
On a slightly brighter note, it IS a beautiful day. The Phillies are in first place, the Breakers are playing Sky Blue FC to sort out the WPS playoff picture, and football gets underway with a vengeance tomorrow!
I’ve got a busy day on tap, with some food shopping, and lots of outdoor and indoor chores. Yahoo – let the day begin!