There is a feeling worse than seeing your home attacked, in my opinion,, and that's seeing your long-distance family attacked on TV, and you're too far away and powerless to do anything about it.
I hate that feeling of helplessness more than anything. I think most people do. Some joined the military, got involved in various types of community service, joined their local fire departments, or otherwise responded in a constructive way. They went from being helpless to more helpful. Others, rather than let it motivate a positive transformation, lash out at others- whether Muslims, "the rest of the country," or anyone who is somehow different. I don't see that as doing anyone any good.
Angelique wrote:Please don't read into my posts what I didn't say. I qualified all that with "in my opinion." I said there is no feeling I hate worse than feeling helpless. I said I think most others feel the same way.
People who weren't from New York also lost friends and family. People not from New York are still losing their lives, safety, health. Most of the people responsible for rolling up Al Qaeda aren't from New York. I never said I was more affected, but I think the change in my life that was triggered shows that I was, nonetheless, affected. You come across as belittling the impact this has had on non New Yorkers, when friends and neightbors of mine have been dealing with IED attacks, losing limbs and even lives to make sure this doesn't happen again. As for you, you were right where I would have wanted to be on that day- in a better position to meet the immediate needs of those directly and immediately impacted. Did you help your friends and neighbors? Because I would have liked to do that, and I frankly loathed that I couldn't. You can't speak for how each individual is emotionally affected.
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