Originally Posted by Mermaid
However, the 10 years that followed have been no cakewalk for this country either - and I think that is sometimes lost in our collective culture.
I wanted to focus on this thought more than any of your others, because I can't agree more with that particular statement. All we have to do is rewind the tape 10 years, and realize that life was pretty f'ing peachy-keen before. Since then, we've become divided by religion, political affiliation, economic status, and a number of other sociological statuses...and for what reason? We were attacked by a group of lackluster, Muslim extremists?
Trying my best not to get into a deep rant about it, but for f*cks sake: why continue living on the edge of chaos when all we realistically have to do is take a step back, gain some perspective, and realize that we made it through that sh*t-storm? Remember the past, yes, but stop letting it hinder us from progressing us forward.
*2 cents, etc.*