While speaking to a fellow denizen in a language arts class, he mentioned to me that he thought there should be 'no homework on 9/11.' I quickly whipped out my sarcastic-o-meter and jokemometer but found nothing, he was dry and speaking his mind to me. Opposed to this, as I am any celebration of a day when so many people died, I referred to him the point of a date beyond him, that is, December 7. I said that this day was compared to 9/11 on countless occasions. He hadn't a clue as to what I was talking about. Do YOU know what happened on December 7? Pearl Harbor was bombed! I told this to him, and his reply was: 'not as many people died at Pearl Harbor.' (sighs) THIS is a PERFECT, CRYSTALLINE snapshot of the american psyche. Celebrate death (officially, of course), celebrate misery on the part of countless thousands or millions. Make sure absolutely that everyone knows how awful things were, let them relive things they probably at one time tried to forget or at least cope with in their own way. AND MOST OF ALL: THE BIGGEST DISASTERS EQUAL THE ABSOLUTE BEST HOLIDAYS! I guess from this, you could guage my opinion (on my hefty opinionomometer) on the very subject. YES, mourn the loss, YES, honor the innocent deaths, BUT DON'T MAKE A F*CKING PARTY OUT OF IT. What do you tend to do on holidays that guarantee you a day off from work or school? Mourn those it was meant to celibrate? Ha! I spend most of my time, oddly enough, in front of my computer screen, gaming my brains out or writing. This is what holidays do. They disrupt our lives and completely take away the purpose that they were probably originally meant for. Those that were affected directly or indirectly will remember it their own way with friends, relatives, themselves, whatever, but this huge media frenzy going on, the hysterics...urrrr...all of it, just way way way too much. If you care, then do so, but I get the feeling (from my example above) that some people only do it because others do as well, or seek to gain from the holiday (like having no homework). Suddenly it's popular to give a shit. Look, I care about those who died, but if I had millions of people caring about me just because other people do I would raise hell (literallyPlease Register or Log in to view the hidden image!).