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On Osama’s death… Better late than never (the post, not the death).

June 16, 2011

A lot has happened since my last post.

Osama bin Laden was killed. Let’s talk about that for a second. Many articles referred to my generation as the 9/11-generation.

I can still remember that day. It was in eighth grade and I was in my Gifted Language Arts class having a round table discussion. I’m fuzzy on the details, but it was either on a Shakespeare play or the Holocaust. The Holocaust would be fitting since Bin Laden has earned himself the label of Hitler to my generation.

But, still I have some trouble accepting the fact that we are the 9/11 generation and have been vindicated by Bin Laden’s demise.

My initial reaction to reading the news on Twitter was of shock. To me, Bin Laden wasn’t a real person, but the poster boy for the reason why we are fighting wars in far off places. My astonishment was because our government accomplished something, finally. Because I’ve grown up during a time when government bitches and moans and fights and in the end does very little.

But, then people took to the streets to celebrate someone’s death. It was a joyous occasion for many, akin to the Boston Bruins beating the Canucks yesterday. I think the media misconstrued why so many young people flocked to the streets to celebrate. Bin Laden was the phantom menace that my generation grew up hating.

But, still to be known as the 9/11 generation just seems sad to me. It implies that we have this heavy load, scarred by what happened, unable to move on.

But, I think that is untrue. I think that we have shown perseverance. If we were the 9/11 generation we would be a lot more hateful. We aren’t perfect, but we aren’t screwed.

Even through this economic, depressive hell we’ve come through and are still hopeful.

So, please media and pundits I am not part of the 9/11 generation. I am so much more.

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