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So, I haven't slept much in the last 10 days. I don't suppose I'm unique in this regard, of course. But if my coworkers are any indication, I'm taking this a lot harder than many.

I've watched more TV this week and last than I did all summer. I've read innumerable articles and discussions online. I'm developing this strange sort of vertigo from the back and forth among all the grieving, raging broken people. "This is the worst tragedy in history" "This is nothing compared to Pearl Harbor" "We brought this on ourselves" "We must change our foreign policy" "Changing our foreign policy wouldn't do a damn thing except give them what they want"

People want to bomb them back to the stone age. People say it's too late, because they're already there. People ask, "well, who are "they" anyway?" For the first time in my life, I cannot see any clear delineations in the arguments. There's no single, unified opinion from the Left for me to comfortably adopt, and then just go on with my life. And to my horror, I am hanging on the words of our idiot President, because some nave part of me hopes he'll say something reassuring. Can you believe that?


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Sep. 20th, 2001 12:08 pm (UTC)
i agree with you about being unable to formulate any coherent view of this situation - all i know is that i'd like to avoid killing more people if at all possible.

i do think that we need to think about how we got in this position: we have funded and trained thugs to keep down governments we disapprove of and helped manufacture our enemies; less consciously, we've fostered an incredibly prosperous society without being cognizant of how much more we have than the 'third world' has.

the problem is that knowing these things doesn't inform us how to react now. Or how to be safer...

(i've been sleeping badly, but i somehow think that your having professional connections at work to some of the companies who were hard hit by this must make it worse)
Sep. 20th, 2001 06:24 pm (UTC)
Don't worry; we're all confused
Even I, seated in my Chair of Infallibility, have no fucking clue what is the best course of action. I usually draw on historical precedent to provide some clue as to what the outcome of the various paths might be, but there IS no historical precedent for this. Be wary of ANYONE who claims they know what it Right(tm) here.

Sep. 21st, 2001 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: Don't worry; we're all confused
...couldn't you just get a new chair, Jack?


Sep. 25th, 2001 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't worry; we're all confused
And behold, the gates to the kingdom are engraved with the words, "THINK FOR YOURSELF, SCHMUCK!"

These are strange and complicated times, and no party line is equipped to handle it. If your mind questions what some official (or official "alternative") source hands you, then you're doing all right. It might not feel comfortable, but it's better than being led down the garden path by someone with their own agenda that I may not know all about yet, IMO.

So anyway, I read and write and think a lot, and don't get nearly enough sleep (when did I ever?) and sometimes it's hard to do, and I keep feeling the broken bits. It sucks that when I want to be cuddled there is usually no one to do it.
Sep. 26th, 2001 01:28 am (UTC)
You've got plenty of people who'll cuddle you. Most of us are up here, however.
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