Topic: What is something you never believed... until you experienced it? Bonus: what is something you believed in, until an experience changed your mind. The one thing I never believed could happen is that our country could be attacked. I assumed that no one would dare. I dreamed that despite the fact that we had to a certain extent de-emphasized military buildup and had restrained the CIA that we could not possibly be attacked. And then 9/11 happened. I no longer felt safe on the streets of my own country. i no longer felt that we were invulnerable. I was in shock for days. I could not believe what I had seen. I couldn’t believe that someone could despise us so much as to kill innocent civilians. I suppose i am consistent. When I have been personally attacked and/or bullied I am in shock then, too. It stuns me that someone would want to treat me that way, too. I am confused in both cases as to why someone would do it and what to do about it.
In addition, keep in mind that I marched for peace in my youth. i wrote letters to Congress to try to stop the Vietnam War. Even bigger than my issue with the war was the draft. Once we changed to a volunteer army, my main issue was gone. I figured if you have a volunter army, and people willing to fight in a war, then you can have a war. If there aren’t enough people enlisting to hold a war, then you can’t have a war…..
After 9/11 I could finally understand Pearl Harbor. Except in my mind this was worse. It wasn’t an attack by the military on military personnel. It was an attack by foreign citizens on American citizens. It was beyond appalling. I no longer can believe that people in other countries respect us….not the way I used to think….