I’m going to try to make this as quick as I can.
The first reason being that there already are a slew of things to read on the subject of 9/11 today starting since around a week ago, and the second is because I really don’t want to mark this day any more than I already have to.
Ten years ago today, I was living in New York City, and I was there with a few other million people when the towers collapsed. I lost neighbors, friends, and acquaintances that day. The front doorstep of my house in Brooklyn became a local shrine to our firefighters and neighbors that we lost. A lot of people stared in shock and horror and cried, and I didn’t.
I didn’t cry at all because I knew it would happen someday, and I knew what idiots were fully capable of. I also didn’t go around saying that now, “Everything is different.” I knew then, as I know now, that you cannot so easily change a society steeped in ignorance and religion – and that goes for both sides of this conflict.
9/11 did very little to change American society, and it did even less to change the “Islamic World” – a term I happen to think is an outrage as much as saying that we are the “Christian World”.
All that 9/11 did was make Americans more touchy-feely and maudlin about national tragedies, or think that “God” was on our side in the fight against Bin Laden and his moronic self-immolating brigades.
A lot of people still don’t get it. They won’t get it because their entire universal view is based on mythology which only a bronze-aged cave man could come up with when they had none of the answers and, even worse, none of the right questions.
The message of 9/11 is this:
RELIGION IS BAD.
That’s all you need to remember about 9/11.
Now, a message to the religious people: I don’t care if religion gives you a sense of purpose, or meaning, or makes you act kind at times, or if it wants you to change the world for the better. You can get that from certain drugs as well. Religion is the retardation of societies at this point, and it has to be entirely discarded. Religion is rationalization of ancient mythologies which have absolutely no bearing on reality in any way whatsoever. Religion, for lack of a better word, is evil.
It’s time to wake up. It’s time to say that we’ve grown as a species and we’ve discovered more than any person could have imagined two thousand years ago. We’ve discovered the real answer to how the earth was formed, that stars, the universe, and how we evolved as well. It’s time to say that we have learned everything real from science and nothing from those ignorant books which come out of a dawn of our species.
Don’t “believe”, because all that you are doing is enabling the fanatics. If you are a believer, or a “spiritual” person, you’re just as guilty. Yes, you. It doesn’t matter if you “feel” a certain way or not, and please spare me the tears of how wonderful it makes you as a person.
Science may not have all the answers yet, and perhaps it never will have some of them, but let me ask you this: Is it any surprise to you that any time we have discovered the answer to a burning question, it has never turned out to be “spiritual”? The answers to all of the great questions so far have been discovered with only one thing: Science. That’s it. That’s all we have to go on. We have not found cures to diseases, or even discovered that diseases even existed, or found the age of the earth or the answer to how we are here, or discovered electricity or the atom with any religious book. We, as a species, discovered all of these things with science.
Some will say that science is cold and heartless, and those people are utter fucking idiots. Science is humanity. Doctors cure disease and pestilence every day and save thousands or even millions of lives because of science. Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the polio vaccine, literally saved the lives of millions of children in this century alone by his work.
That is cold and heartless? That is something without ethics or morals?
Did he even reach for a “holy book” when he was working? No, he didn’t. He reached for a stack of work produced by other people before him, entirely based on science and not “religious feeling” and rhetoric.
And some religions would have him still burn in hell because he was not a Christian or a Muslim. Now, that is Evil. To even think that is insane and offensive. You want a clear cut definition of how religion is poison, then you think about that. You want a clear example of how science is not cold and heartless, and religion is utterly insane, then you think about that.
Your religions would burn Dr. Jonas Salk for all eternity because he didn’t conform to your holy books, and yet he has saved more children than any of you combined could ever imagine.
Those are your religious morals? Exactly how do you justify that without sounding like a fucking ignorant asshole?
If you want to know what religion did for humanity in the last ten years, you can start with 9/11. You can start with suicide bombers. You can start with people praying in tongues in Congress live on TV and rejecting every scientific thing we’ve learned because they think it’s all part of the lies of the “devil”. That’s where your warm and fuzzy religious feelings are leading you, or enabling others to travel there.
I’m sick and tired of hearing that 9/11 was about anything other than religious mania. I’m tired of idiots justifying on the left and the right about how that doesn’t represent most religious people in the world. The fact is that it does represent all religious people who believe in a hell and who think that the world should be converted to their cause.
9/11 was about nothing else than that. And while our stupid, fat, soft culture tries to make it into a variety of things, and tries to mythologize it so that it becomes untouchable, I’m going to simply remember what it was really about and move on:
Religion is evil.