I have written a few things about people profiting from 9/11 and my anger at such practice. Goofy coloring books and random books meant to cash in on this world tragedy are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the avalanche of crap that you will see sold for "Patriot Day." That name alone is a great marketing tool and the moment I heard it I honestly thought, "Hell, I might get a day off because of this." I felt bad about thinking it, but there you go.
All that garbage is not what I want to talk about today. I had plans to say a lot. I was going to write about my own experiences of that morning 10 years ago, but that seems almost masturbatory. I was going to maybe do a funny story about how the Banned Library celebrates Patriot Day in its own unique and silly way, but thought it might be a bit crass. I was going to review how libraries have changed with introductions to technology and the Patriot Act, etc., but that seemed almost wrong. I might still all those things on other anniversaries if I last long enough, but not today. I realized something.
I am a little blogger on the internet, a voice in a dark room filled with others, all mumbling for attention. So I just want to put out a simple message.
No matter who you pray to, who you think should marry who, or what side you are on George Lucas messing with the Star Wars films, you are still a member of the human race and we all have to live on this ball of dirt together, even if some of us think we are in the Matrix. Take away all the ideals and theories about what happened 10 years ago and you have one simple truth: people killed people and destroyed something big and cool and that is bad. Sound childish? Destruction always is.
Go out and do one nice thing today, help someone out. Does not have to be big. You will make this world better by doing so, I swear.
Now I'm gonna go eat some BBQ.