Sunday, November 16, 2008
Why, what, how long do we mourn?
On November 13 here on MindSieve, my posted comments had to do with the hard won freedoms that we enjoy and often take for granted in the United States. You may quickly reread the post if you'd like but my conclusion was that the losses felt by families who have lost their "own" in war or service to their fellow persons are losses that should be felt and shared by us all....not an easy goal feeling a personal loss by only reading or listening to stories or seeing movies about great tragedies of our time.
The words of that post, still swirling around a bit in my brain, have drawn me to four specific tragedies that feel (as two are) relevant to my generation - #1 brought to my attention as a teenager, #2 occurred the year prior to my birth, #3 when I was about 18 months old and #4 having occurred in the current decade. They may seem random to you as they do to me. When these four came up on my brain's "radarscope" I was surprised at the specific assortment and also drawn into many more tragedies that I have mourned such as John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King’s assassinations, the Pan Am 103 explosion over Lockerbie, the 1998 Air France Concorde SST tragedy in France.
Whatever age you are, I suspect you will have some feeling or memory of how you felt the first time these stories were told to you or that you witnessed them in real time....which would mean your own lifetime's memory specifically would be of the September 11, 2001, events.
This post has turned into an unexpectedly long narration and I bid you rejoin it tomorrow……