Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 will eventually be forgotten

The man in the ranks of Tuthmose Ill's army of Armageddon was deluded about the importance of his death, but the man in a Chieftain tank (or a T-62) in Germany today is not. And I am the Queen of Sheba.  - Gwynne Dyer
 The works of Thutmose III, or Sargon of Akkad, or even for that matter Genghis Khan are not mourned at all today - and in the latter case, the conqueror of Asia's deeds are celebrated in Mongolia to this day.

This is not to minimize what happened that day - it was evil, and it was an evil whose origin we, as Americans, have not come to terms with; instead we have substituted raw jingoism.

But in another sense, 9/11 - like the Black Plague, like so many other horrors of history, is increasingly experienced in its dependency with other phenomena; and in 5 generations will be thought on as the Great Influenza is thought of.

It is simply the mandate of the process of humanity's memory and forgetting.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Remember the Maine? Remember the Alamo? If so, only as images in a high-school history book.