How your life has changed since Sept. 11
My life hasn't changed at all since Sept. 11, except that I'm getting tired of the saturation media coverage given to the events. The chances of getting poisoned by anthrax or killed in a terrorist attack are still extremely remote. I think I'll go to Egypt for Christmas.
I've decided to cherish what I can of the ordinary things I have been taking advantage of, especially the beauty of nature. This morning (Nov. 1) was especially lovely with the light coming through the fog and illuminating the golden leaves on the trees. Before I think I would have been too busy, and would have taken it for granted.
My life hasn't changed in the literal sense. But I do have heightened awareness of global news and international events. I read the newspaper almost every day and I get breaking news e-mailed to me. I've also had to undergo the intensive border inspection on a trip to Boston. Other then that, it's all pretty much the same.
It hasn't, except I look over my shoulder more now, and I'm more aware of the idiocy of people, and their willingness to be force-fed information without asking questions.
I take more care in observing what is happening around me and who is near me in public. I carry a print-out of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists in my car. I strongly support additional funds for hiring and training RCMP, CSIS and military specialists and the new anti-terrorist legislation to ensure Canada isn't lagging. I will still travel domestically and internationally. I am concerned with the financial damage these events have caused on airlines and their employees. We all need to as close to normal as permitted while being vigilant in this new world.
Personally nothing has changed except for the fact that I have stopped watching TV, I seldom read the newspapers and have no interest in U.S. politics and another one of their numerous "wars." One small detail: I have stopped shopping for anything other than basic groceries. All wars are wrong, and it is a matter of time that this one will be proved to be wrong. Remember Vietnam: Those who do not know their history will repeat its mistakes.
I find myself growing angry, especially with nonsensical fools who think we should not attack the terrorists' roost.
Well, my life has changed by the fact that I see nuclear catastrophe coming very soon. One-third of the population of the earth is about to be destroyed in one hour. Other than that? My daughter got a puppy and I'm allergic to dogs, so I can't visit them as often, but we'll almost certainly be off the earth soon anyway because we live in Ottawa and it will, of course, be a prime target in the nuclear exchange. As will Washington, Toronto, New York City.
My life has not changed physically. A great deal of thinking about Canadian response. I have much less respect for some media and Canadian politicians. Many of the Canadian people, as heard on CBC's Cross-Country Check-up, are much more far-seeing than Prime Minister Jean Chrétien or the Americans. I find the whole approach of the politicians simplistic. Media and Canadian politicians are wusses for complaining that Canada wasn't mentioned in President George W. Bush's first speech. We should not care so much what the Americans think. We should act without expecting recognition. I have less respect for us as represented by media and politicians.
I'm a Coptic Christian from Egypt. I emigrated to Canada for a free and better life for my children. I was trying to avoid the Islamic control over civil life and the discrimination against the non-Muslim minorities. Since Sept. 11, my life has been changed. The worry, the fear and the unclear future are back again. Not only from the Muslim terrorists, who already live in the West and enjoy the West's human rights, but also from the ignorant people who don't know that there are Christians, Jews and other religions in the Middle East.
I believe that the CNN news broadcast has created more terror in North America than Osama bin Laden could have dreamed of doing on his own. They have a nightly newscast that focuses on speculation of things to come, sensationalism of things that have happened and hype of today's events. I wish that the very companies that are being affected by the pending recession would make a strong statement that they will refuse to advertise with networks that are worsening a bad situation with their brand of newscast. Would someone please address this situation? A recession is caused by lack of consumer confidence, and this confidence cannot possibly return with all the focus on doom and gloom.
Except for the economic slowdown and the security measures in the airports, Sept. 11 has not changed my life. I am a Canadian, but I have travelled and lived in Latin America for 11 years. I have seen many people die because of terrorism, malnutrition and civil war. Every day thousands of people die in the world for one reason or another. Terrorism and civil war have been in our planet for as long as we live. Why does it surprise us so much now? Are Americans the only humans who deserve mourning when they die? What about the Vietnamese, the Palestinians, or the poor children of Africa?
News is a bit more interesting with a war going on, but a person has better odds of winning the lotto than being killed by a terrorist. Never mind anthrax - more people are still dying from smoking. I don't see all the people killed from smoking pictured in the news every day. Sept. 11 was a tragedy, but the media is milking it for money and ratings.
My life has not changed in any way at all. The only exception is having to listen to the media trying to whip up fear and terror on an irrational basis. My business life is unchanged, except for lessened sales activity again due to media-fueled scare mongering. My family and personal life has changed not one jot. I was in New York City on the day the bombing started. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If you allow this sort of uncontrollable hysteria to gain control of your life, then you deserve to be terrorized.
I have become more cynical. I've become very cynical of the media continuing to create news out of every miniscule issue even remotely related to the Sept. 11 incidents. I am disgusted with the coverage of the perceived anthrax scare in Canada, and just overall frustrated with our obsession with the events. The terrorists must be laughing at us all: Look at the state we have ourselves in
I despair because by remaining silent and thus indifferent to the bombing of Afghan civilians I have become a terrorist.