I am mortified by the media’s depiction of how we are remembering and making sense of 9/11: the cheesy movies, the staged reenactments, the sensational re-telling.
What does this have to do with decision-making? I believe we are close to forfeiting our ability to make collective decisions about survival and defense. We let others decide for us.
For five years, our fears and vulnerabilities have been exploited for entertainment and political advantage. Clever and sophisticated marketing has re-defined the truth about actual history, real threats, and possible solutions. A range of special interests from politicians to the entertainment and construction industries have profited mightily. Our response to all of this? Low-grade indifference spiked by moments of lonely terror.
We know that we are not the generation that faced the attack on Pearl Harbor. And we do not care.
This media frenzy far exceeds anything I have previously experienced. To give you my perspective, I was born during the Korean War and raised during Vietnam, by parents who were raised during World War I and survived World War II. Like you, our family has made sacrifices and choices.
What can we do? We must take back the decisions we let others make for us. How do we do that? Start by reading more diversely. Learn enough about political candidates so that your vote reflects what you know, not what you have been told. Question all sources. Look behind the curtain.