more on the memorial
I get mail. I respond, in one lump sum.
No, it is not my job to determine whether or not the WTC Memorial is appropriate. But it is within my right to determine whether or not I like it and that's just what I did last night.
So, I was a little grumpy, a lot pissy and maybe overwrought and a bit high strung about it. Guess what? I still am. Basically, it's because I'm still grumpy, pissy, overwrought and high strung about the whole damn event that led up to this memorial.
One of you asks if I could go back in time, would I change that day and make the hijackings and crashes never happen? Surprisingly, I say no. I would not change it. What if I could, and I did, and then September 12th came around and not three, but five or six planes were hijacked and 5,000 people died instead of 3,000? You can't change what's already happened. That's for science fiction novels and far-fetched movies. Even fantasizing that you can is dangerous. It leaves you feeling more impotent than before.
I agree with Faith that the towers should have been rebuilt as they were, and maybe that's the only way we could turn back time, or give the illusion that we can. For me, nothing else can come close to what is appropriate to place at that site. It was, and should always be, where the twin towers stand. Not stood. Stand. Present tense. I should be able to look out of my office window and see the towers rising in the west. New bricks, new people, new offices, new day.
I hate the memorial that was chosen because it is not so much a memorial as it is a piece of concept art. It looks so corporate, so business like that I expect a comapny logo to spring up on the side of it.The whole process of choosing what will be in that place was tainted from the start. It is rushed. It is too soon. And it is only being hurried into place for political reasons. That sucks, plain and simple. People are putting their egos and their selfish motivations ahead of every idea this memorial was supposed to encompass.
It's just business. The emotion has been stripped from the concept and it's just business now.
So yea, I'm grumpy. I'm pissy. And this mood will never go away. It will always be there, scratching the surface, waiting for something to call it out. I do nothing to silence it, nothing to confine this mood. Why would I?