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15-04-2014, 07:18 PM
Our over memorialized nation
I know the Boston bombing was a sad thing. Three people died including a very young child and I don't mean to disrespect those who lost their lives and I'm sure the families will been traumatized for the rest of their lives but everyday hundreds of people die in car accidents and their families suffer as well. But we don't have mass memorials for the all those people who die each day on our nations highways. Memorials have become frankly maudlin, and every effort is made to squeeze any saccharin emotion out of anyone near to the event by the media and politicians alike. I find it disgusting. Religion is of course front and center at memorials and they say that memorials help heal but sometimes I wonder if it doesn't just make the sadness worse and it would be better to give people some privacy and just leave them alone. Like I said, I know it was sad but looking at the big picture the bombing in Boston won't even be a footnote in history books.

I just think memorials are over done and need to be toned way down.

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15-04-2014, 07:28 PM
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We have also blown the word "hero" way out of proportion, too.

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15-04-2014, 07:30 PM
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I think some people really need these memorials. <cough t-shirt vendors and politicians cough> But, yeah, it's getting out of hand. For me, the *last* thing I would want to do is remember a terrible event over and over. Moment of silence or not, it feels like a celebration.

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15-04-2014, 07:30 PM
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Memorials (like what is happening in Boston now) are for the media.


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15-04-2014, 07:32 PM
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Great topic! The concept of a memorial meaning anything is steadily diluted when we seem to put them up for anything and everything and often at taxpayer expense.

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15-04-2014, 07:36 PM
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(15-04-2014 07:30 PM)Bows and Arrows Wrote:  Memorials (like what is happening in Boston now) are for the media.

For political posturing mostly.

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15-04-2014, 07:37 PM
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roadside ones [to mark where someone died in a car accident] really, irk me.


Why would you want to remember a spot where you lost a loved one? Its not like you will ever forget that spot, do you really need a marker? Does it have to be a cross and plastic flowers that have been blown over, rained on and covered in mud, with a soggy teddy bear and deflated balloons?

My apologies if I have offended anyone.

I just don't see how putting a pile of clutter next to the highway is 'honoring' someone's memory. Dodgy


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15-04-2014, 07:38 PM
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(15-04-2014 07:37 PM)Bows and Arrows Wrote:  roadside ones [to mark where someone died in a car accident] really, irk me.


Why would you want to remember a spot where you lost a loved one? Its not like you will ever forget that spot, do you really need a marker? Does it have to be a cross and plastic flowers that have been blown over, rained on and covered in mud, with a soggy teddy bear and deflated balloons?

My apologies if I have offended anyone.

I just don't see how putting a pile of clutter next to the highway is 'honoring' someone's memory. Dodgy

Oh yeah! This...I hate those things.

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15-04-2014, 07:41 PM
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all I keep thinking when I see them is:
- take it to the funeral service
-take it to their house
-take it to their grave


but don't leave it on the side of the road. Undecided


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15-04-2014, 07:43 PM
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(15-04-2014 07:32 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Great topic! The concept of a memorial meaning anything is steadily diluted when we seem to put them up for anything and everything and often at taxpayer expense.

Yup. Memorials are now mega events, extravaganzas that meaning nothing except to feed the egos of politicians and religious leaders. It's sickening.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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