In His Own Words: Henry Rollins on 9/11 turning Americans into terrified idiots claiming victim status
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“9-11-01 has turned millions of Americans into terrified idiots claiming victim status. They bask in their cowardice and ignorance. They wear their stupidity like a badge on their overfed chests. They wonder “why people hate our freedom” and rarely have the backbone to look into the history of their country’s foreign affairs. Rarely do they have the fortitude to put the shoe on the other foot and ask themselves what they would do in the same situation that another country’s population has found themselves in when dealing with the America.”
GTC editor-in-chief, Walter Price has a thought: Living in New York on September 11, 2001, and witnessing, first hand, the evil, will be one of the most devasting memories I and the people of communities in New York, Arlington County, Virginia, and Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania had to endure. Yes, this was a national tragedy and people care deeply. But what struck me of late is the social media posting from folks who want to internalize that horrible day and turn it into, not a recognition of failed safety and wondering political unrest, a holiday. A holiday they can post memes about and gain ‘likes’ and be a part of something. I get it.
You are part of something, it is called America. I know most people mean well, but forget about your social media presence for a bit and dig deep, and try and remember all the actual lives lost that day. Memes are neat, but the heart is much better.
In a climate where everyone is increasingly desensitized and, strangely, easy offened at the same time, let’s focus more on reality and community and less on being cool.
Thank You & Peace and Love
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