I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been told in the last few weeks that “September 11th changed everyone’s lives”.
I’m sorry, but no. At least, not directly.
On the radio last night I heard an interview with an American woman talking about September 11th and how both she and close friend both lost their husbands on that day. I felt genuinely sorry for her. The friend’s husband died in the first tower. Her husband died of a heart attack across town – nothing to do with the attacks. Since that day, she claims she’s heard first, second and third hand accounts of the other man’s death hundreds of times, but barely anyone is interested in her own husband. He’s just not interesting.
And that’s the point – the attacks were a horrific thing, but by no means unique and by no means overshadowing everything else that day.
But “that day changed everyone’s life all across the world”. Really? Do you think so? Read the rest of this entry »