Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. So we need to observe the occasion. And yet I find myself experiencing grief fatigue, outrage fatigue, war fatigue. I wish we could get beyond 9/11, put it behind us. Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, could we downgrade from threat level orange and keep our shoes on in the airport? I do realize we must remain ever vigilant because the threat remains. And I do agree that we should never forget what happened, honoring those who died, those who helped the victims, and the soldiers that enacted our national retribution. Still, I can’t help my post 9/11 exhaustion.
So where do we stand 10 years after the attacks?
Has “everything changed,” as was widely said at the time?
Does it take an attack like that to give us a sense of national unity? Why didn’t that last longer than it did?
What is the big picture, historical, and cultural impact of those plane crashes?