Monday, September 12, 2011

The Meaning of 9/11

Long-time Playground regulars may recall my thesis that while the term holiday derives from the phrase "holy day," and with each holiday comes an accompanying virtue we claim to be honoring, the way we actually celebrate our holidays is by engaging in vice. and not just any vice, but the big ones, the seven deadly sins. Valentine's Day is not about love, it's about lust. Thanksgiving is not really a time for gratitude, but gluttony. Christmas hardly a time for goodwill, but rather greed.

And so, we come to our newest national holiday, September 11th. Is there any chance to keep this occasion from falling prey to the same treatment and allowing it to cater to our baser selves and representing greed and vengeance? What could be done to reclaim it for our better selves?