How your life has changed since Sept. 11
I was in process of emigrating from Britain to Canada as a qualified IT professional. Since the U.S. tragedy all possible avenues for career opportunities have been shut due to impending recession fears and downturn. As we were looking forward to starting a new life in Canada and have put our lives on hold while living in Britain, it has completely changed our outlook on taking on new challenges in life. Our sympathies are with those who have lost their family members and friends and do curse them who have brought this misery on the civilized world.
Since Sept. 11, I have really become acquainted with our American neighbours and wish I could move to a new neighbourhood. When it comes to dealing with real problems, Americans seem to lack the knowledge and the intellect that needs to rise to such circumstances. But acting like a bully with no thought process is what we have been living beside for generations.
I must say that with my philosophy of life, there has been no other change than the usual daily change. The popular saying that "there is nothing to fear but fear itself" is true. Each of us creates his or her own reality. We also create reality en masse. We always get what we expect, and I create a safe world for myself. Therefore there is absolutely no change due solely to the events of Sept. 11 as far as I'm concerned.
Not much. The biggest change is the fear that many of my civil liberties may be lost, not because of the actions of a few lunatics, but because of an over-reaction by our own government. If anyone is threatening the basis of democracy, it is the Canadian and U.S. governments themselves. It seems ironic that as we remember those who sacrificed their own lives to preserve freedom, we are again on the brink of losing it.
I am a Canadian citizen who now resides in the United States. I live in Philadelphia and that puts me directly at the centre of all three events. I am scared to fly anywhere. I live about 10 miles from a nuclear power plant that is under the highest level of security ever and I can't even safely handle or open my mail without the threat of possible anthrax contamination. So in other words, it is a tense situation here. I am deeply hurt by those Canadians who say that Americans should look at their foreign policy, and who say the United States should fight this war on its own because it raised the tariff on lumber. I was once proud to call myself Canadian, but that has truly changed. I now fly a U.S. flag on my car and can't wait for the day when my Canadian citizenship will no longer be valid.
I was already afraid of car accidents, of being mugged, of being poisoned by the pollution, of being sick with the flu, of losing my money with the stock market. One more fear does not change much the level of my stress.
I read the papers and listen to the news more since the Sept. 11 attacks. It is very true that the planet has become a less kind, more suspicious place to inhabit. My 10-year old son had nightmares in which family members were harmed in gruesome ways for a couple of nights following the attack. My older son is thinking of enlisting in the Canadian Armed Forces or going into police work. It's noble of him and someone does have to do the job, but as a Mom I do find the future worrisome.
I have learned how to hate. I have no fear of the terrorists, but I am still profoundly saddened and angry by the events of Sept. 11. The fact that thousands of innocent people were slaughtered for the sake of some subterranean miscreants is absolutely sickening - 3,500 children lost at least one parent in the attack on the World Trade Center. Most families will never be able to come to closure because there is nothing to be found. Loved ones were vaporized. The United States will never forget - nor will we forgive. This seems harsh, doesn't it? But that's how it is with war.
It has reminded me of the frailty of life. And that only a life with God as my leader and Jesus Christ as my partner will produce an assured future. I am grateful for the freedom we enjoy in this country. I know that God answers prayers for those who sincerely believe in Him.
Since Sept. 11 my life has not changed, but it has become a bore. I read non-stop about the terrible horror, and anthrax, and security. The important news is in the back of the paper. The front is reserved to repeat the same news we heard a month ago. We are more in danger of being run over by a car than catching anthrax or being bombed or killed by terrorists. This whole scenario was a wake-up call by the bad guys to listen to them. We listened and now the United States is answering. We should have listened earlier; the United States said it did not want to get into nation-building - that is (or was) its foreign policy, because it did not want to push its culture on other nations. At the same time we (being G7 countries) did the same. Other than boring news, nothing has changed; only the media think something is different.