These alternating epochs arrive unannounced and elbow one another aside. During one morning's aeronautical attack in 2001, this nation discarded the carefree holiday from history that traced to 11/9 — the date in 1989 when dispirited communism gave up on the Berlin Wall — for the combative era of 9/11. It was just that fast: One day Americans assume they're invulnerable; the next day warriors armed with knives and ailerons are murdering them by the thousands.
Guys? I know it's hard to bestir yourselves from Morton's, but attempt for two minutes to realize that from where you are sitting you can chuck a rock and hit three or four neighborhoods where absolutely nobody had then or has now any illusions of invulnerability. Not everybody needed the crash course in coping with disaster that they got after 9/11. Not everybody needs to be told by the TV news how to talk to their kids about things that suck.
Even if we're only talking terrorism, a bunch of people wrote this book report called BIN LADEN IS GOING TO KILL US ALL FOR REAL, and that the president shrugged and went back to his pudding doesn't mean nobody else gave it a thought. I realize noticing the people who noticed this sort of thing requires us all to feel stupid for not listening to them, but feeling stupid for not listening to people who were right is kind of a required thing.