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We're All Venison Sausage!



One great thing about Hurricane Irma! It kept the 9/11 Porn out of the headlines.

You already knew I was a Horrible Human Being (and really – why are you reading this?), so it should come as no surprise that I’m sick to death of 9/11 commemorations.

Yep. 9/11 was the day that changed everything.

I have a feeling that everything would have changed anyway, though. Just more slowly. The human world seems to be embarking upon one of its periodic tilts into darkness, fundamentalism, and collectivism. Did the events of 9/11 tilt the balance? Maybe.

But manufacturing was already on the brink of becoming completely automated. Leaving nothing but service jobs for human beings. Surveillance is the biggest service industry of all! Plenty of jobs if the government needs employees to spy on its citizenry!

I’m completely aware of the advantages I enjoy as an American. Call those advantages “privilege” if you like.

Am I grateful for them?

No.

Because I think they should be the baseline.

If Homo Sapiens is really a violent, sadistic species that enjoys killing and torturing members of the species that deviate from however the “norm” has been defined – and most improbably, the “norm” has been defined as white and male – then I don’t want any part of it. I should never have been born. I should have been abandoned on a mountaintop as a squalling female infant before my ego had developed to the point of attachment to the world around me.

I’m not patriotic.

For whatever reason, I tend to see the world from the perspective of an enlightened anthropologist, say, from the planet Mars.

Do you remember Pearl Harbor?

Do you observe a moment of silence at 11am on 11/11?

9/11 is only important because some of us know people who know people who were there. As those people die, it will recede into unimportance. Become just another brutal event in a world that’s filled with brutal events.

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In other news, the repair I took my car in for was very cheap. But they found other things wrong with my car. Expensive things! That’s the real reason for my misanthropy this morning.

To cool myself off, I went for a looooong hike. And saw the deer in the photo above.

Hunting season is looming.

Run away, little deer, I wanted to say. Unless you want to become venison sausage.

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cah1470
Sep. 12th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
I don't think you are a terrible person but then I could be too especially if that distinction is caused from hating 9/11 media porn. I really appreciated this http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/homeland-security/350020-opinion-americans-are-letting-terrorists-win article.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 12th, 2017 03:50 pm (UTC)
Excellent piece, yes.

Although as I say, I think the irrational fears and attacks on privacy would have taken place without 9/11 since they're necessary for the establishment of a surveillance economy.

I will say that much as I disliked Margaret Thatcher, I admired her determination after the wave of IRA bombings that swept through London not to clamp down on civil liberties.

American politicians do not share that determination.
sulphuroxide
Sep. 12th, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC)
Things are only meaningful if they effect me. If things effect people I know then there is still meaning. If I can imagine how things could be different if some event (like the American Revolution) didn't happen, then that event still effects me. But if I can't imagine how things could be different (like you said the context of today is inevitable; 9/11 just sped up the process to get to this current norm) then that event becomes less meaningful as "things" are seen as more independent of that event.

I think this is the nature of having a body/pov. This isn't a tragedy, it's just how we have come to be manifested. It's weird, but human awareness seems able to imagine itself from a "non-pov"-pov, and that seems peaceful. We want that peace.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 12th, 2017 05:21 pm (UTC)
We all watched 9/11 unfold on television. In that sense, we were all participants. (And, in fact, my experience spending seven days in 2001 practically non-stop in front of the tube played a huge role in my decision to give up owning a television. What possible benefit did that entirely voyeuristic experience provide me with?)

I think because of the 24/7 new cycle many of us increasingly feel ownership of events we're actually fairly distant from.

And, ironically, we feel distant from events we can actually control -- hello, local elections! I am tawking to yew-w-w-w-w! -- because we don't see them on TV. :-)

I am sure our mutual pal Dollman would have wise words on this one. Too bad he doesn't read my diary, right? :-)

I actually know a fair number of people who lived in NYC at the time the Twin Towers were destroyed. And one person whom I thought pretty highly of who completely lost his mind and turned -- in the space of a single moment! -- from Sidney Carton (Tale of Two Cities alert!) into Glenn Beck.

I don't get mad when I read their remembrances. :-) They come by them honestly.

It's the other bullshit media churn I resent.

Edited at 2017-09-12 05:24 pm (UTC)
cah1470
Sep. 12th, 2017 09:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't give up television but I did limit how much of it I consume. I sincerely believe boycotting all news channels and most news shows has kept me from complete mania. I am an online person and I do enjoy watching documentaries, listening to Terry Gross etc. I just don't think one can be normal and watch every tragedy play out every day all day. Our local primaries are today last time less than 100 people showed up in my precinct. I know it's mayoral races and such AND the primary but still it really irritates me how few people actively participate or seem to pay attention to anything http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/equifax-cfpb-arbitration-rule_us_59b70196e4b09be4165765d8 that isn't newstainment.

Edited at 2017-09-12 09:20 pm (UTC)
mallorys_camera
Sep. 12th, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, our local primaries were today, too.

I talked to one of the staffers at my polling place.

He told me that less than ten people had showed up to vote.
forestcats
Sep. 12th, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
I like your perspective, the jingoism of 9/11 and yet another prayer day just grates.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 12th, 2017 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I am really pleased to see you commenting. I enjoy yr postings about yr domestic life a great deal.
gushgush
Sep. 12th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)
Good point about 911 Porn.
Since that day in 2001, the wretched abuse of the word "hero" has gotten so bad that I cringe every time I hear or see it used to describe anybody or anything related to a few specific professions, usually with some kind of quasi-religious implication.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 12th, 2017 09:23 pm (UTC)
There were many heroes who came out of 9/11! I just heard one interviewed yesterday by Terry Gross. He had to fight for nearly a decade to get the treatment for injuries he incurred as a first responder paid for by the government. Since the injuries were severe, the associated costs were staggering.

That's how the U.S. treats its heroes.

But we just LUV sanctimony, doncha know!
gushgush
Sep. 13th, 2017 06:31 pm (UTC)
Of course there were folks who selflessly risked their own well-being to help others, aka heroes, but that word has been so beaten-to-death by seemingly-endless, fantastic, maudlin reminiscences that it stinks of baby vomit.

I used to be a huge fan of Terry Gross. I was thrilled and went to see her when she spoke here. I even paid extra to go to the Meet and Greet afterwards just so I could talk to her in person!
Then, it started to seem like she had become a shill for HBO and that the greatest artistic performances ever were being presented on HBO and she had to have show after show to explain about them...
I eschew tv and listen to the radio for a reason, and that reason isn't so I can listen to people talk about tv.

Around that same time, I stopped listening to NPR at all because, among other things, the thinly-veiled support of war efforts (presented in an oh-so-Liberal way, of course) became too obvious and too much to endure.
The government's propaganda machine is very insidious, indeed.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 13th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
The government's propaganda machine is insidious indeed, but I still listen to NPR.

Terry Gross has always been a bit of a fangirl. I find that quality endearing. :-) She still interviews quite a few writers who deal with primarily political topics, too. I just read Devil's Bargain - primarily because I heard Joshua Green being interviewed by Terry Gross. Great interview. :-)
ahunter3
Sep. 12th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
Reaction in the immediacy of the event, 9/11/01: "Why the fuck is everyone moving so slow? Don't they have TVs at home? Oh, everyone's watching a broadcast, you say someone flew a plane into the side of the WTC? Are they distributing pilot's licenses in boxes of Cheerios these days? Big new flash, idiot, there's a freaking tall building at the southern tip of Manhattan..."

Reaction in the first 10 days: We lucked out. I was anticipating this general *kind* of event since the late 1970s but I was thinking more in terms of a hiroshima-sized nuke taking out a huge swath of London or NYC. This is practically a vaccine-sized dose. There will be authoritarian police-state responses and lots of big brotherly new laws to PROTECT us, but nowhere near as abrupt and severe as it could have been.

Reaction these 16 years post facto: I never thought I'd miss those stupid buildings. They were just rectangles in the sky and I used to mock them. But the fact that they came as a twin pair, and the pinstripes effect of the design, kind of gave them more elegance than I gave them credit for at the time.

Yes, the world was going to change forever sooner or later. Totally.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 13th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
Very pretty writing, Mr. Hunter. Bravo!

I think you're exactly right about the innoculative effects of 9/11. The post-9/11 world is a whole lot more like Brave New World than it is like 1984. And, you know. Brave New World is all about having fun! :-)

I left NYC for college when I was 16 - brainy little thing that I was, I skipped two years of school -- which was 1968. The original Twin Towers weren't part of my NYC landscape growing up. So, I don't miss them.

jrock_kodama
Sep. 13th, 2017 06:45 am (UTC)
I agree, it needs to stop, or at minimum change the approach.

The problem is, 9/11 commemorating has made it fuel for the fire of terrorism: every year there's a big hoopla, it's proof of how incredibly effective and efficient the attack was at wounding our society. It's encouraging it to happen again in the future.

This is why increasingly police try to downplay the role of sociopathic criminals- to get them out of the headlines, to defuse their endgame goal of fame and notoriety.

9/11, Katrina, Irma. Ironically, I've been stuck in the heart of all three. (9/11 to a lesser extent of the three; I almost moved to ground zero NYC area 3 weeks prior, and ended up being upstate for it, having decided I didn't like NYC.) We need to learn how to deal with these situations effectively and move on, not make them so much tacky rubber necking fodder, which does nothing productive or beneficial. You can't even say that the resultant chest thumping patriotism (fascism wearing a mask) from such commemorations is good for the country.

For the victims and their loved ones, all it's doing is making them social pariahs, covered with "disaster cooties", my personal term for the way people don't want to know anyone who's suffered in them- the "disaster cooties" might rub off onto you and you might have one too... or they might want financial assistance out of you, so run for safety or they'll be tapping your wallet. The rest decides you're a liar, trying to be cool (!!) for having lived through a major disaster.

Stop staring and rubber necking at victims and survivors, and fix the openings, the vulnerabilities that let it happen in the first place.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 13th, 2017 10:45 am (UTC)
Interesting.

My own particular take is that rubberneckers like "disaster cooties."

What I noticed after 9/11 was that everybody wanted a personal connection to 9/11. I'd hear things like, "My landlord's cousin's bus driver's father-in-law was" -- SOB -- "there!"

Though it is true you don't hear that anymore.
millysdaughter
Sep. 13th, 2017 03:21 pm (UTC)
PIA neighbor was in the Pentagon that day. He has made a career out of his PTSD
The SIL has built a career out of the nephew's murder, so it is not a surprise
mallorys_camera
Sep. 13th, 2017 03:49 pm (UTC)
PTSD is a real phenomenon. I'm fairly sure I'm affected by it myself from time to time.

But it shouldn't be a lifestyle choice. :-)
millysdaughter
Sep. 13th, 2017 09:30 pm (UTC)
It is very real for many people -- quite possibly for him as well -- but he is milking it as a lifestyle choice.
jrock_kodama
Sep. 13th, 2017 07:16 pm (UTC)
Ah- that falls under category 3: "trying to be cool forhaving lived through a major disaster". It's not disaster cooties.

True disaster cooties blurs closer to 2: not wanting to help or take in friends or loved ones that survived a disaster. Disaster cooties are "oh my god- what if that happened to me?? I'd better not get too close. Besides, it's a downer, and they're rather shabby looking to be associated with in front of my friends and peers."

Sometimes disaster cooties (which is selfish at the heart) is masked with karma cooties: "it's because they must be spiritually unright/god's judgment/bad karma/etc"

False disaster cooties never has the victim actually present... it's a cry for attention that takes advantage of it because the person can't fathom human suffering.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 13th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
I like your taxonomy! Although I do think you need a catchy, two-word phrase for that "trying to be cool for having lived through a major disaster" category. :-)
millysdaughter
Sep. 13th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
Do you observe a moment of silence at 11am on 11/11?

Umm, yes - Military household here, living in a base town, even, doncha know - however.... that was the armistice signing - ending World War One.
Nothing to do with Pearl Harbor
mallorys_camera
Sep. 13th, 2017 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yes. Well. Military family. :-)
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