Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be

Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be– The Black Keys

Unless you were drunk or under a boulder you knew that yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the second attack on the World Trade Center. Nine-eleven by all accounts was a horrible day. I choose to write about the tenth anniversary on September 12th, 2011 because sometimes you don’t get the full scope of the previous days events until the morning after. Whether it’s a tragedy, a hangover, or a terrible day at work sometimes hindsight is helpful.

On September 12th, 2001 it became clear to me, most of America, and the world that things ain’t like they used to be. Everyday aspects of American life changed in a matter of 24 hours. Civil discourse and feelings of safety went out of the window. Watching and listening to the reactions of my countrymen the next day I was both impressed by how many of us came together and shocked by the lack of civility that was shown. Tragedy is like that- It brings out the best in some of us and amplifies the worst in others. Our dysfunction was put on full display. Making Floyd Mayweather’s family look oh so, normal.

“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.”

                                                                                         Mike Tyson

The reflections of 9/12/2011 allowed me compare America to a heavyweight fighter. Every since September 2nd, 1945 America dominated its weight class. We had some missteps along the way but Uncle Sam was the bull of the woods. As a fighter America got fat, lazy, and complacent. The talent remained but on Nine-eleven we took two punches to the face and tasted our own blood in our mouths for the first time in a long time. With that we realized that we weren’t so invincible anymore.

September 12, 2001 was just like December 8th, 1941-both dates offered time for some clearer thoughts. Both allowed us to calm down a little. Both also allowed us to begin to move forward. What a decade?

Things surely ain’t like they used to be.

Vaya con Dios.

Check out these other posts about Nine-eleven:

Nick over at A Girl Called Nick

Keisha Brown show’s a Canadian perspective over at Four Page Letter

The Champ reflects on his thought at Very Smart Brothas.


4 responses to “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be

  1. Thanks for the link!
    I read an article in our local daily paper about how people from over 90 countries were affected.
    So indeed…the whole world changed that day.

  2. Thanks for the link!!

    You comparing the US to a fighter is something only you would do.. Lol.. and yet, it made absolute sense..
    My question is: for all the revamping of security and all the patriot acts, am I wrong in thinking that the US is like they heavyweight fighter who got back in shape for that ONE good fight.. and then let himself go again as soon as the fight was done..
    I know we have to get on with life and that it’s difficult to live life at a constant level of orange.. but i think complacency is a human condition.. i don’t know.. I feel like if the lion waits just long enough, he’ll realize the hyena’s weak spot..

    and if anything, we know that the terrorists are patient..
    Don’t mind me… I might not be making sense..

    • Hey, I’m consistent with my madness Nick. Your thoughts on the US getting back in shape for one fight are apt. We have a ton of collective talent but we have to be down and out to succeed. The fighter, America has always behaved this way. We are complacent until we are forced not to be. If the generation that fought WWII didn’t get pushed to the brink by the Depression then the war we wouldn’t have one. Same thing with the space race and other aspects of our collective history.

      We geared up after 9-11 and just went crazy. Instead of training and using our hand skills we relied on technology and rhetoric. Instead of keeping out guard up we just push buttons to train.

      The constant threat levels are just signs of terrorisms effectiveness. Bin Laden caught one in the head but his legacy is evident every time you go to the courthouse, airport, or anywhere else with a metal detector.

      Terrorists are patient. You can’t deal with crazy folks like you deal with other enemies. So sad.

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