Well yesterday the western world apparently celebrated the attack on the twin towers.
While some will baulk at the word celebrate and jerk their knee in disgust at my using of it, tell me what other word is apt?
There was the usual communal outpouring of empty grief from people who think that sharing a picture on facebook somehow matters.
Most probably didn't give much of a shit on the day it happened, will rarely consider why it happened, and neither will the ramifications of it keep them awake at night.
Even if some do, the majority certainly wont on any other day other than the anniversary, and many of them wont give it any more thought than the seconds it takes to click share on said anniversary either.
Reposting an image apparently replaces real compassion and empathy now.
Similar to how asking people to repost a picture of a bald headed girl with cancer doesn't do anything practical apart from salve the conscience of those who post the image the wave of similar 9/11 ones serve no real purpose either.
Social media was literally ablaze with remembrance memes.
When I see the words' never forget' I take it to mean that we should never forget the atrocity, and therefore collectively work towards ensuring that we never see such a horror repeated.
Others apparently consider it a mental note to never forgive, never give any quarter, and in some strange way as permission to wage war on.........well on anyone they want basically.
I seen a few posts from people who were respectfully putting across the point that violent deaths were an affront to us all as human beings regardless of where and when they happen, and to who they happen to, and that maybe we should try to be more inclusive in how we remember 9/11.
No one I seen said anything along the lines of it not mattering in the face of all the tragic violent deaths anywhere.
People were respectful to a fault, but the reaction to their posts were brutally repugnant.
People screaming in block capitals that 'it's not a fuckin' competition' as if anyone had said it was.
No matter how it was explained that the original intent was to highlight that all deaths are individually as important it just wouldn't sink in.
The aggression shown against anyone that dare utter anything about us learning from the terrible crime that was visited upon the US was frankly disgusting.
A disrespectful affront to the memories of those who did die, and the families that will carry the burden of grief forever.
Every single victim on that day was the mother, father, brother, sister, daughter or son of someone, and the impact on how they left this world will haunt those who loved them forever, but no more so than the impact of any other person who has lost a dear one to a violent death.
If we can't say that then what are we really saying?
Are we saying that the lives of those who died in New York are more important than that of any one else?
We can't do that.
We must not do that.
All life is precious.
Everyone matters to someone.
So who is really respecting the memory of the victims.
Those who will oppose the violence to all, or those who feel offended at those who strive for global peace?