|The ABCs of Patriotism|
(10/9/2001) At a loss for how to properly act in the wake of tragedy, human beings tend to scrutinize the behavior of others for some clue. We imitate the behaviors we like and vilify those we don't. Here's another example of us trying to shoot the messenger.
The first part about TruthOrFiction.com has been added as the chain circulates. TruthOrFiction is a site very similar to BreakTheChain.org and one of the first sites I turn to when checking out a chain. They do, indeed, confirm that ABC, and many other media outlets, recommend against its on-air personalities wearing patriotic jewelry of any kind. But the purpose was to maintain an image of impartiality, not to disparage the image of the flag or promote some antipatriotic agenda.
We all must cope in our own ways, but some have to decide how to keep business moving as well. We cannot blame and attack each other for how we react to these terrible events. This attack was unprecedented and none of us know how to react. Most of us are doing the best we can. We must stand together in the eyes of the world and can't afford to let other nations see us infighting like this. Break this Chain!