Posted by Paul Malo on September 18, 2002 at 09:52:15:
In Reply to: Re: WTC: General Observations posted by lavardera on September 18, 2002 at 09:29:49:
I'm a historian but, much as I care about the past, I know that the modern attention span is very short. It may seem callous, but the WTC disaster will not loom so large in the national or local consciousness in a year or so. Probably this is why many people whant a monument, to keep the memory alive. But, in truth, Americans (and most modern people) really don't care very much about memories.
Suppose you left the site empty. Do you really think that this emplty block would seem eloquently poignant to viewers five years from now? Would they approach the sacred ground reverently? New Yorkers? Come on.
Life goes on and the past recedes and disappears from the communal memory. I'm not a fan of monuments, as civic reminders. I think that books really contain the communal memory, and what is written about the event will mean much more than what happens on the site.
I'm of the resilience persuasion--that the best testimonial to the victims is a return to communal life of the city. Prolonged grieving only rewards the terrorists.
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