Fionacat (fionacat) wrote,

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Flying the flag [Gonzo]

Recently an e-mail has been flying around the ether known also as the interweb, it proclaims simply this;

On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States.

Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy.

Patrotic stuff and no mistake there with a concerted effort to unify the nation and bring a sense of national pride born from aftermath of terrorism.

But why fly the flag, it's a symbol sure but of what now?

There was a time not long ago when the American flag (other flags have different meanings of course) was more iconic, standing for freedom, justice and the undeinable truth that America was king of the world.

Now comes the age of terrorism, it's not a new age the tactics used have been around since the 1400's at least but the weapons used against terror have improved some what with information and facts replacing faith.

But do not be disillusioned friend, this is not a subversive attack on the pride shown as your flag flutters in the wind, nay this entire missive is merely a thought provoking break.

As the flag is raised at your home this coming Monday consider all the things it smybolises; not just the good but the negative as well, consider that this flag has brought fear and loss to others, consider that it's been used as a symbol of hate and violence by people just like you, consider that justice is blind, the whole truth hurts and freedom spawns from anarchy.

So sure be proud when that flag flutters high, but be humble at the same time, it's not fluttering for just the memory of those that died, it's not just fluttering to prove the terrorists haven't won, it's not just fluttering to repeat a proud history.

It's a symbol, but of what now?

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