9/11

Throughout this course it has been clear that the objective is trying to figure if dystopias are real or not. Whereas others view the definition of a dystopia as an imaginary place that is in its worst possible position and offers oppression, control, and mental captivity amongst it citizens, I view dystopias as more than that. First and foremost it does not have to be imaginary, it does not have to involve mental captivity, it doesn’t have to last a lifetime. In my head a dystopia can just be you experiencing the worst day of your and not be able to do anything about it because it is out of your control.
The example I am going to use that a view as a dystopia, even though it only lasted for a day is 9/11. 9/11 was clearly a disaster that happened out of the blue. For some it was one of the worst days in history for Americans. I consider 9/11 an example of a dystopia because even though the attacks lasted a day, it scarred people for life. It took away their control, families, and people were forced to watch a tragedy they did not want to see. During the time 9/11 took place, for the ones experiencing and watching the attack whether in front of their faces or on tv, inflicted fear, chaos, and made people wish that they could do more than just run and watch.
The long lasting affects of 9/11 include a portion of American society that fears a certain race of people which could possibly make a dystopian type environment for that specific race. Another affect is that realization that some people will not ever have the privilege of seeing their family again, which once again could create a dystopia in that person’s life. Even though 9/11 only lasted a day, it still was a day that nobody wants to relive and wish they could not experience. The day in itself was a dystopia. For the ones that it affected closely, their lives are a dystopia.

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