It's human nature to bury tragedies, to gloss over them, move on from them and maybe, in time, forget them.
So horrified are we of the images of 9/11, that we've managed to sanitize 9/11. For the sake of those who died, we make only the vaguest references to "how" they died. We don't show the planes hitting the towers, or people jumping from those towers. We don't show the bodies being carried out, or the doomed firemen walking in.
It's understandable. It's even respectful. But I think, it's wrong.
You can't gloss over the horror of this day, or forget the evil perpetrated on all of us this day.
There's no nice way to talk about "how" those people were killed, only that that they were. That many were. Horribly. Cruelly.
I'm not saying show all this for shock value. I am saying, show it for learning value. Put up a warning, brace the viewer. But show the viewer.
Show it all: every gruesome detail. Be respectful of the dead, but be mindful of the living.
There but by the grace of God could go anyone, at any time, in any place. But at that time in those places it was those people. Fathers taken from children. Children from parents. Engaged couples from a life together.
For their survivors, each holiday is a little lonelier, every barbecue a little sadder, every kids' softball game perhaps a little more hollow.
They have lost much in life. Let's not gloss over the cruelty of their deaths.
Sept. 11 is a tough anniversary. I just wished we talked about it more and showed it more, besides the anniversary.
Some tell me, “Neil, it's morbid to show it.”
I think it's morbid not to.
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