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9/11 Documentary Reaction.

posted Sep 18, 2011, 9:49 PM by Janna Potts
I'm going to be completely honest - 9/11 never affected me that much.  I remember where I was on that day, but I don't even think I knew what actually happened until years later.  I have no memory of anyone explaining to me what happened on that day, unless I just completely forgot, but otherwise, I barely understood the depth of the whole event.  Of course I've always had sympathy and respect for the day and all the people affected over the years, but I sort of pushed it out of my mind.  After watching that documentary though, it really put everything in perspective to me.  I never even realized that it's not even just about the people who died in those buildings, but also all the people in the city who must have been terrified. I can't imagine what it would be having to decide what to do when there is so much chaos going on.  Where should I go? Should I stay in home or leave? Are my friends and family okay? Are there going to be more attacks? The idea of being in a burning building while it's crumbling to the ground like dust is just horrific on its own, as well as the idea that some people actually jumped to their death because they couldn't handle it.  It's one of those things where you realize how every little second and action makes a difference, like the man who lived because he was fifteen minutes late to work due to Monday night football.  Seth MacFarlane was supposed to be on one of those planes, but he missed it by ten minutes.  How would you feel after that, knowing that an entire floor of your coworkers, people you knew and interacted with, died, and you missed the same death by minutes?  Or that an entire plane of people, the one you were supposed to be sitting on, crashed into a building and blew up? It's pretty amazing, honestly. I was also appalled at the effect of the buildings falling. That would be so eerie to see a massive cloud of dust just rushing down the city, covering everything, knocking people over and smothering the oxygen.  There's so many awful perspectives to the whole event. The most horrific has to be the people who were in those buildings and the people in those planes.  It has to be awful sitting in a plane that's been hijacked and knowing there's barely anything you can do but sail into a building and burn to death, for the purpose of killing innocent people.  That documentary was extremely depressing, and parts of it actually sort of made me sick to my stomach, but I'm happy I saw it so I can at least try to understand what it must have been like for all these people who have been affected by it.