Inspiration comes and goes in life, and while I am often critical of our government and American media, I have a new-found patriotism from the least-likely of sources—Oprah Winfrey and Nicholas Cage.
The first thing I spoke when I heard about 911 was, “I’m not surprised, we deserve it.” I am now embarrassed by my initial notion, but I still believe that our country needs to take responsibility for the attacks, but we were not deserving of such a horrific act. I watched the coverage of the 911 events adamantly and formed my own opinion which I converted into a poem (I was taking some writing classes at the time.);
911 in America
Hate, bravery, strength, weakness, venerability, ego, ignorance, death, life, fear, excitement, anxiousness—a land hidden in a belief of supremacy gets punched in the face with reality. Ignorance of the pinhole chance of drawing blood against such an Empire foreshadowed this horrific event.
In angst, Why me? A selfish statement once exclaimed by our beloved American skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Why not? Both events—reflections of the classic story of David and Goliath. A dash of jealousy, envy and hate.
Throw in an alternative belief system and you have 911. Let’s not forget the Ego that refused to believe that the DREAM of America could be filled with grand despair.
An ego lost in media—always attached to an IV of lust and envy. There is no room to feel. For others—the mind is too filled with what life should be like, ever sprinting towards what the media tells us to do—no longer carrying unique thought. This ignorance covers our hands in blood—each of us guilty by relation—yet we cry and fight in revenge still hiding in falsity and hope taught to us by an inept teacher. We raise uur swords and dash with empty bravery—fighting for a blind cause without end.
As you can see, I had formed an opinion…today is different however, I am older, wiser and suddenly patriotic thanks to Oprah and Nicholas.
Oprah’s Big Gift
A media giant with a hugely committed viewership puts out something that is totally selfless, a show about who can give the biggest. While I was aware of the show, and even attended a local effort, I was not fully aware of what the mission was until I watched it, and I was blown away with inspiration. Finally, someone with a huge voice and the means to distribute has developed a concept that can actually change the way Americans think and act. This show is about personal responsibility and taking it upon your self to discover what someone else truly needs and then delivering on a promise. Yes, it is a contest, but that makes it more competitive to give all that you can on a personal level for someone unknown. I am not able to count the number of times that I had chills down my spine while watching this hour-long program, but the biggest the I gained is that this thing is liable to spread like wild fire and overly-inspirational. What if each community set up a similar model for their citizens? What would America be like then?
World Trade Center, the movie
I decided a while ago not to watch any movies about 911, but last night took the leap and watched World Trade Center. This inspiring movie about two Port Authority cops and their families during the 911 attacks offered a unique, more personal view of what actually transpired during those long hours after the attacks. While the story was focused on the personal effects on families, what came out for me was the personal drive of people to help their fellow Americans; they refused to quit, refused doubt, and by any means necessary sought to rescue, support, and pray for those affected by the 911 attacks...Nicholas Cage is still a bad actor, but movie is top notch.
So, I sit here, humbly patriotic, curious as to what I should do to help…I just hope that it does not pass, and that I continuously get inspired by the acts of others, and the acts of myself.
What can you do today in Chicago?
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