In September 2001, people said, “Everything is different now.” Has society changed since then? Other than the unceasing and unscrupulous erosions of privacy, I believe the answer is a definitive no. Western culture is more narcissistic and feckless than ever. Unless this thing takes out at least 30%, everything is going to go back to normal – and probably worse – as the pent up masses look to newly assert their ‘individuality.’
This situation has me greatly concerned that governments which have practiced using their extreme powers will be anxious to flex their muscles in the future to plunder the liberty of the people.
But really, I’m an optimist. There is always beauty to find in the world as long as you leave yourself open to it. In general people want to do the right thing; it’s only the crowds that sometime get steered toward injustice.
Victory needs no explanation; defeat allows none.