What am I supposed to be thinking about when someone says “Never Forget?”
The horrible images I saw from classroom televisions on a cool Tuesday in the fall?
The smoke and the bodies falling and the people covered in toxic debris and the number of missing and the stories of people rushing toward the buildings to help?
Impossible to forget – and embarrassing that we’d need some hashtaggable phrase to help us out.
When the combination of the numbers 9 and 11 appear anywhere, what do you remember?
What we actually need help remembering:
We were told who our common enemy should be so we could make more sense of a tragedy,
We’re still tied up in an unlawful invasion of Iraq,
We torture prisoners,
We have veterans coming home and killing themselves every day,
We vilify and starve and bomb and kill people who just want to be happy, don’t want to suffer,
We don’t protest enough.
#NeverForget that we continue to create tragedies around the world to distract us from the pain of our own tragedy.
#NeverForget that we still use the fear we have cultivated to scare ourselves into thinking war is a necessary part of life.
#NeverForget that we have put into place the conditions required to make others hate us.
#NeverForget that we are just as bad and often worse than our “enemies.”
#NeverForget that we could stop it if we really wanted.