|MTSU students and alumni are 'beaming' with pride over 9/11 memorial|
For those of us who watched the events of September 11, 2001 unfold and were aware that everything we were about to be told would be a lie, there has been a vindication of sorts. Our eyes and gut feel did not fail us that day and although it was a slow motion ride heading to the truth at first, the train did pick up speed even if it has been uphill all the way.
Some of us over the last 11 years have read what seems like a million words, watched hundreds of videos, studied thousands of images, posted and re-posted things we felt were relevant, made comments all over the internet, gained friends and allies, made enemies, got ridiculed and called names, evolved in our thinking, picked flyspecks out of pepper, waded through the muck of disinformation, debated and argued the hows, watched as the trolls and paid provocateurs came around to infiltrate the narrative, became frustrated, exhilarated, encouraged and discouraged and never once thought of giving up. We never made a nickel out of it. Our schooling didn't get us a degree. We did it because we had to. We had no choice. When we were told 'you are with us or you are against us,' we chose the against side. It was the side of right, not might. We may not be the brightest light bulb around but we haven't burnt out yet. We continue just because someone has to and we aren't afraid.
We pick and choose our battles. We walk away at times if that's what is needed. There will be another day. In our daily lives we try and speak calmly and clearly as if the truth is matter of fact. It is. We don't raise our voice while others raise theirs. We reject the arrogance of know it alls both in and out of the truth movement. Those who say they have all the answers usually don't. We try to keep in mind that there are many who have a hard time overcoming a lifetime of deception. Satire and humor are useful tools. We like to laugh and use that medicine to make us and others feel better. If we can't have fun in our pursuit of knowledge and truth then we've missed a most important part of the process. We will never win over everyone. If it's only one we hope they will carry on and do better than we have. We don't have a problem saying 'I don't know' because there is so much we don't.
Justice is a funny thing. In the case of 9/11 it's elusive, almost a ghost at the peripheral of our vision. It's there but when we reach out for it our hands grab hold of nothing and we doubt it exists at all. That's by design. We fall in with the crowd and say 'there's nothing I can do' or 'I don't want to hear it, it's too scary.' or 'it's out of my control.' When the seeds of doubt get planted and well rooted, the chaos can never be overcome. Justice is all we're asking for. Not only for 9/11 but for the wars and the financial crimes. If we get it for those eventually everything else will fall into place. Much easier said than done but without goals we get no results. Without results we get the same over and over again but it gets progressively worse with each spin of the cycle. We have the names, the faces. They are etched in our collective consciousness. We just can't seem to get them rounded up for their turn to cry for mercy.
So what can we do differently? Where do we go from here? How do we stop the madness?
Having another 9/11 memorial to a lie is certainly not going to get us anywhere although this one may be a good symbolic reminder of our police state and loss of rights situation as it sits right in front of the jailhouse.