I walked into the second period of class at Pike High School to see both the world trade center towers on fire. I saw on live television both building collapse. I wanted to cry out. This was a personal affront to my country and I, not to mention a terrible tragedy to hundreds, perhaps thousands of families.
In between classes and while at lunch I was appalled by the lack of interest of the other students. They joked about it, acted like it wasn't that important. These are high school students that, if for some reason war was declared on a country, would be the first to be drafted.
"It's the Canadians!" they cried in between bursts of laughter. It did not seem to bother them that thousands had died.
"Look at that dude jumping out the window," they said to each other, "I bet he's going to splat." There was no respect for the lives of those involved, no thoughts about the seriousness of the event, no condolences spoken towards the families of victims.
As the day went on I almost became more disgusted with my fellow students at Pike -- or rather, some of the students, there were some that wandered the halls in silent complentation like I -- than at those that committed this terrible atrocity. When the youth of our country are apathetic to an attack of this magnitude there is a serious problem.
I am saddened that I am too young to donate my blood, I want to help in some way. Action needs to be taken, and unfortunately is was most likely a small group of rebels that attacked us. This means there will be no country to attack, only a small group. Thousands lost because of a small group. There is no "eye for an eye" when thousands die compared to perhaps a few hundred terrorist that we actually kill.
Nonetheless, I cannot help but thinking of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Action must be taken, and although I am disgusted by the inactivity of my fellow students I, at the same time am just as fearful of overaction. I remember what I have learned about Senator Joe McCarthy's red scare. We must not have another witch hunt in America. We have already lost uncounted innocent lives in America, we do not need to unnecessarily increase that number of innocent deaths.
Remember, inaction is , but too much action is just as awful.