A Day of Memorial?
We couldn't help but notice yesterday that our social media feeds were just jam packed with 9/11 conspiracy theories. That's to be expected. The tragic events at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 shook our nation and the world. It was a reminder of just how exposed we are to outside threats, and how little prepared we were as a nation to prevent tragedies like 9/11.
And there are plenty of conspiracies surrounding the event. Even people we know who would never call themselves conspiracy theorists have an opinion on 9/11. The evidence continues to build that something about the story isn't right and more people are starting to look at things deeper and question what has been told. That's a good thing. We love to see people questioning the official story and waking up to the culture of fake news that surrounds us.
But there is a time and a place for everything. Yes we agree, there should be a formal investigation to get to the truth of what happened, but yesterday was not the day to push the conspiracy. September 11th should have served as a day of memorial. A chance to remember those lost. To share stories and grieve. To work towards healing. Sure, we saw some of that, but the conspiracies outnumbered the memorials 10-1. And so, sadly 9/11 has become the ultimate day for the internet crazy to let the world know (at least his small circle of followers) just how awake he is.
Sorry conspiracy guy, it just looks tacky. Use the other 364 days of the year to wake the masses. Let September 11th be a day of remembrance. The families of those who lost someone don't need a reminder of the senselessness of the tragedy. They suffer from that every day. Let them have a day of rest. Let them grieve without your research cluttering their feed.
You could argue that the wounds from 9/11 are still not healed and may never be. We will probably never have closure, but we can remember and let one single day out of the year be free of conspiracy, free of opinion, and free of the reminders that in an instant life can change for the worse.