Friday, June 08, 2007

The Stages of 9/11 Acceptance

I'm met with all sorts of responses when I share with people the alternative theories that 9/11 could have been an inside job. There is wide disagreement on this issue, and honest people come down on both sides. However, after going through the process of explaining the alternative theories numerous times, I started noticing how people who hear about the 9/11 alternative theories tend to go through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief:

(1) Denial - Lots of people get stuck here. They tell me I'm nuts or a conspiracy theorist and then believe the "official" conspiracy theory. So much for logic.

(2) Anger - Once past denial, this is a perfectly understandable emotion. I experienced this a bit myself.

(3) Bargaining - Surely there must be a *reason* for this?! How can it be true?! Sometimes people go back to the denial stage. They have to start all over in processing the disturbing and controversial information.

(4) Depression - This is where one must relinquish his or her idealism of the USA being a benign and benevolent superpower. I gave up this naive belief 10 years go when I realized the USA is no longer a constitutional republic as designed by the Founding Fathers. Since I didn't have to struggle with this belief in the USA as "motherhood and apple pie," it sped up my transition to acceptance.

(5) Acceptance - Finally, for the few souls who make it this far, this is where you can begin moving on with your life rather than being sidelined by controversy and confusion.

Parsing through the alternative explanations of 9/11 and how they compare to the "official" conspiracy theory is a confusing and controversial endeavor. Several people who I thought were my friends have behaved very poorly in the face of this controversy. I even know one guy who moved to another country largely because of his distrust of the US government. Other people are so closed minded they won't even think about it. Their world view prevents them from discovering the truth, or maybe they just don't care.

What I find absurd is that people classify me as a conspiracy theory nut for NOT believing the "official" conspiracy theory! What sort of hypocrisy is that? Let's be honest here. The OFFICIAL story is a conspiracy theory. What I'm trying to help people do is think for themselves and at least consider that the "official" conspiracy theory the Bush-Cheney Administration would have us believe is not the full story.

According to a widely-cited poll by Ohio University and Scripps Howard News Service, 36 percent of Americans believe U.S. government officials "either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted to go to war in the Middle East." Here's an interesting article that refers to this poll: Five Years Later The Official Story Falls Apart.

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