Little Wednesday Rant
Some of the images that will remain forever burned into my mind are those of other countries celebrating while we suffered on 9/11/01. As innocent people died, they cheered. I was horrified.
I think part of the problem is that they see America as a big, easy, egotistical nation. What they don’t understand is we’re not all like that. Sure, there are many people who are all of those things. But our country contains far more people who would NEVER, under any circumstances, cheer at the misfortune of others. I think for the most part, Americans are empathetic people. Our emotions run deep. Why do you think that 10 years after 9/11/01, it’s still such a sensitive issue?
I can understand why other countries might hate us. I don’t agree with it, but I can see it. After all, we’re (and by ‘we’ I mean the government) always sticking our noses in everyone else’s business, trying to make them do things our way or else. I get that. But that’s government and politics. That’s not the people who simply went to work one day to provide for their families and never returned. Those people didn’t deserve the cheers from gathered crowds who were celebrating their deaths.
Many other countries think of America as a fat and lazy nation. In reality, Americans work more hours a week, more weeks a year, and for less pay, less vacation time, and less benefits. So who’s lazy now?
More importantly, if we’re such a horrible country, if America is so bad, why are we ALWAYS the first to aid and defend other countries? Countries that hate us, yet we send them money when they’re in need, and we deploy our military to defend them, even at a time when we can’t afford to do so. Since they hate us so much, why don’t they just turn us away with a ‘No, thanks. We’ll do fine without your help.’
Yes, our government is flawed (and that’s putting it lightly). But the people here aren’t. Not all of them. We’re good, hard-working people who just like the people of other nations are struggling to make our dreams of a better life a reality and to provide for our families. Don’t judge us by what our government does. Is that how you’d want us to judge you? We, as citizens, are kind and compassionate. You won’t find gathered groups of Americans cheering at the deaths of thousands of innocent citizens of another country. That’s not who we are.