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iamahaingttta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 09:36 AM
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12. Ya know... I live in New York City.
I watched the towers collapse from near my Brooklyn apartment with my own two eyes. Friends of mine saw the second plane hit. I was able to detect the putrid smell of death in the air. I and many others got sick with these mysterious illnesses in the months and years afterwards. While I was lucky enough not to have known anyone who died that day, I know several people who lost loved ones. My cousin had a noon job interview in WTC #2. Luckily, she hadn't gotten on the subway yet. We were all freaked out for quite a while.

However, we here in New York City are TOTALLY over it. We are in the midst of a building boom. I am part of a vibrant local arts culture. Young people are flocking here and for the most part, at least from where I sit, New York City has licked its wounds, gotten past the pain and feels pretty optimistic. And it has been that way since... oh, I don't know... mid 2003? We haven't forgotten, but we certainly don't dwell on it. I don't know the last time I had a conversation with another local about 9/11.

I have said many times over the years, and will say it again on this thread - I don't live in America. I live in New York City. It really feels like a different country. I go to visit my mother in southern New Jersey, or go just about anywhere else, and it's a completely different place. And I really don't like it! It's shallow and vapid and fearful. It's fat and stupid and lazy. It's priorities are completely misguided. It's delusional. America is delusional. Oh, there are nice people in America to be sure, and on a good day they are among the most generous people in the world. But they haven't had a good day in over six years. And it's their own fucking fault.

I've met people who I just want to slap around and say "What the fuck is wrong with your brain? Wake the fuck up and smell the fact that you are being exploited, ripped off, lied to and cheated, and when they're done ass-raping you each day, you beg for more! WAKE THE FUCK UP!"

But so many of them don't want to wake up. And I don't particularly care anymore. There seem to be legions of stupid people in America who fight and claw and work very hard to stay stupid and I don't care anymore. I've gotten out there in the streets to protest, putting my ass on the line for their benefit. I've risked getting spied on and worse by the government they elected, to try to get back the rights that were stolen from them. And what do I get in return? I get called unpatriotic. Fuck 'em!

When it comes to the question of "why don't YOU do something?" I am doing something. I'm living frugally and artfully and helping build a village within a city of people who are doing the same. I don't give Corporatia much money, and I try to make the world just a little bit better when possible. It doesn't always work out that way, because I get mad at the idiots. I can be snarky online, but in person I try to always be polite. I have people who love me, and I work to spread the love. And this coming spring and summer, it's gonna get big. And the rest of America can wallow in its vapidity and I don't really care. I don't watch television, so I miss much of the death throes of this once great nation. However, here in the nation of New York City, things are, for the most part, going pretty well!

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