It’s like we’re stuck in a Disney movie.

I am eager to regale you with tales of my Easter weekend camping trip. But first I need a time out to talk about Two Recent Events That Seem Like They Are From a Disney Movie. Please indulge me. Just a few words here about the royal wedding and killing the bad guy.

I have nothing new to add. But sometimes I wish I could react like everybody else. Like a normal person, someone who likes gridiron or rugby and believes in God. My reactions to these two recent events showed me that my opinions are not in the mainstream.

The royal wedding
I enjoyed the spectacle as much as any of the forelock-tugging commentators. Oh, I had thoughts about everything, and I shared them on Twitter. It was an enjoyable evening in New Zealand. Discussing the hats. The dress. The exchanging of vows.

After the kiss on the balcony, like most people in New Zealand, I went to bed. In the morning, the party was still going on. And there was more to discuss. Then there was an awful Will and Kate movie on TV. It was great fun.

But last weekend, it seemed like everybody in New Zealand was a staunch royalist. Only shrews and curmudgeons would make dare make any republican comments on Such A Day. Obviously, I am both a shrew and a curmudgeon. I’m afraid I will never understand why we need the monarchy. Can I still be a Kiwi?

Killing the bad guy
I heard about killing of bad guy on the radio when I was driving home from the supermarket. (I am so old school!) Like most people, I was relieved to know the bad guy is no longer at large. And I hoped his death meant the closing of the secret prisons and the troops going home.

When I got home, I turned on the TV and flipped over to CNN. (CNN is one of my few remaining cable channels. I don’t want cable, but regular TV reception in the village is spotty. Maybe I don’t need a TV.)

It was just a few minutes before the President’s news conference. In between CNN’s efforts to stoke up the fear (“The number two is out there! Don’t travel! Etc.”), they showed disturbing images of young Americans chanting "U-S-A!" and waving flags in front of the White House.

Did those kids think it was the end of the Second World War? I was disgusted and confused by the frat-boy nature of the celebration. What were they celebrating? Good triumphing over evil? 9/11 avenged? War on terror won?

As I listened to the President’s speech and read the varied reactions on Twitter, I realized that my opinions place me on the fringes of American society. Maybe I'm not an American anymore. Most Americans don’t understand or care that the rest of the world is appalled when they show us their unbridled glee.

So, I guess I am two for two. Over the last few days, I wasn’t in the majority. But I rarely am.


Rob said...
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Rob said...

Have to agree on both counts. I'm British but couldn't really give a stuff about the royal wedding.

As for the Bin Laden thing - I find it slightly sickening seeing the gleeful reactions from people. You have to wonder if this will "fix" anything.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Especially on the second point. Totally embarrassed and appalled.

Unknown said...

I also felt this way watching my fellow citizens celebrate 'the death'. I was sleeping when it was announced ( yes, old and pathetic mum here )so didn't see the craziness til next morning. I actually found it scary. Now my country is in danger of retaliation... which is what started all this in the first place... sigh. I, like you, am often in the minority.

Suzy said...

I think the reaction was an answer to what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq when the towers went down. They showed us all of them celebrating the death of our people by chanting and holding up offensive signs.

Should we be more grown up? Turn the other cheek? Probably. But we are the most powerful country in the world, and power likes to gloat.

Just ask Donald Trump.

Rob said...

From a (Canadian) friend's Facebook page:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr

EVB said...

I was also in the drk until the following morning (reading, no tv). While I am not sure about the frat boy nature, I understand the excitement and the release towards the relief.No, this is nto the end of the war. But bin Laden did something to our conuntry that I never hope to see again. Maybe those outside the US don't understand the pain, the vulnerability, the death toll..but it destroyed and changed people. We would not feel safe until it was avenged. 9/11 brought people together and then was the start of the division of our countyr. Maybe now we can move forward.