Sunday, September 11, 2011

The first rule of 9/11 ...

There is a strong under-current on twitter today that you must only speak about what happened in New York 10 years ago. Anything else is tasteless and insensitive.

I've seen a young girl get abuse because her favourite band, One Direction, could get to number today. It's just coincidence that it's the same Sunday (when the number one record is announced) in September that this is all happening.

Had the 9/11 anniversary been yesterday, the girl's excitement at her favourite band's chart-topping would've gone unnoticed.

What saddens me is that there's some heavy-weight followers giving her grief, which will encourage thousands of others to jump on the bandwagon in a sycophantic way. She does not deserve this and you are being bullies. Just drop it.

There are only 365 days in a year, it is highly likely that very happy and very sad things will happen on a given day. Must we always kowtow to the misery and never joke or look forward to things on that day forever more?

I used to get very angry with people who didn't make their lives stand still and bow their head for two minutes at 11am on the 11th November, just because I choose too. The majority are aware, they're just getting on with life. They're not heartless bastards after all, it turns out.

As with millions of others that weren't in New York that day, I know what I felt when the news reports started coming through via the Internet and then what we saw on tv later. I felt an enormous sense of sadness and grief at the unbelievable scenes.

I've watched films and documentaries about it since and have felt the same strong feelings.

However, in times of sadness or tragedy people may occasionally indulge in a little humour. It doesn't mean they don't care.

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