nine one one nine eleven
wake up hangover
Conspiracy theory or not, the fact that the numbers in 9/11 and 911 has to be one of the oddest, cruelest and yet most perfect coincidences in history.
For me, it supersedes the coincidence that the abbreviation for the United States is US.
E pluibus unum and all that all at once.
It has been 20 years since 9/11.
It was the great chronicler of the American Scene, Tom Wolfe, (About whom, William F. Buckley Jr., writing in National Review, said, “he can do more things with words than anyone else.”) who wrote that after the excesses of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, the first two decades of the 21st century would be one massive hangover.
I am having trouble this morning tracking down the exact quote.
When I find it, I will update this essay.
I put it to you that the idea of a 20 year hangover starting in the year 2000 to be pitch perfect spot on for the way this century has started.
The idea that 9/11/2001 was the wake call has some worth to it.
That loud ringing phone wake up call when you start your day with a headachy hangover.
Now, 20 years later, maybe its time to get out of bed, rub our head, drink a glass of icy cold water then go for long walk on a 90 degree 90% humidity day and sweat it all out.
As Mr. Lincoln said, “As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?”
We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.“
I just have to wonder, how did Mr. Lincoln get so smart?