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Why are other disasters not remembered?

Axonly
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9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM
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So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)
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9/12/2016 1:18:25 AM
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At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

How about August 24th, 1814? Never Forget.
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9/12/2016 1:19:06 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

To each their own, I suppose. The people of Haiti probably remember that earthquake pretty well.
To be fair, though, it's generally considered a bigger deal when calamity falls upon the wealthy, since everyone already expects the poor to suffer hardship. Thus, the impact is greater felt when Americans die than when Haitians die.

Another thing that sets 9/11 apart is that the deaths occurred due to an act of military aggression by an enemy to the United States. People always put a bigger emphasis on war deaths, even though far more people die each year to, say, hunger or disease.
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9/13/2016 3:19:31 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
Personally I think disasters ARE remembered equally to the affected area. Japan has more memory of Fukushima, us 9-11, Indian Ocean the 04 tsunami, etc....
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9/13/2016 4:21:43 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
Strange too that we don't commemorate the 30,000 deaths per year in the USA from road traffic accidents.
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9/13/2016 10:34:17 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

I completely forgot it was 9/11, and would have paid it no mind if not for Reddit.

I think there are two reasons why 9/11 gets so much emphasis:

1.) It had a profound impact on world politics.

2.) It's a tragedy that's easy to politicize.

Other than that, it's the most over-hyped disaster since the Holocaust.
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9/13/2016 11:19:48 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

Because we are the United States, not Haiti...
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9/13/2016 11:37:03 PM
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At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

Because America likes to remember a bunch of people who died from a terrorist attack and it also likes to advertise to the rest of the world that they should remember too. Even more so than people dying in the Haiti earthquake. Haiti's too far away for America to specifically care about.
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9/13/2016 11:38:55 PM
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At 9/13/2016 4:21:43 PM, desmac wrote:
Strange too that we don't commemorate the 30,000 deaths per year in the USA from road traffic accidents.

Nobody except the one's who were affected care about those. It's the truth. That's human beings for you. If it's not big enough and not popular enough, nobody's cares.
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9/13/2016 11:56:15 PM
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At 9/13/2016 11:19:48 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

Because we are the United States, not Haiti...

I've never set foot in America, yet I still know that day all too well.
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9/13/2016 11:58:03 PM
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At 9/13/2016 11:56:15 PM, Axonly wrote:
At 9/13/2016 11:19:48 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

Because we are the United States, not Haiti...

I've never set foot in America, yet I still know that day all too well.

Well, one was an earthquake that happens so often in an irrelevant nation and the other was a terrorist attack on some of the world's tallest buildings in the largest financial sector of the world.
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9/14/2016 12:00:31 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/13/2016 11:58:03 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 9/13/2016 11:56:15 PM, Axonly wrote:
At 9/13/2016 11:19:48 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

Because we are the United States, not Haiti...

I've never set foot in America, yet I still know that day all too well.

Well, one was an earthquake that happens so often in an irrelevant nation and the other was a terrorist attack on some of the world's tallest buildings in the largest financial sector of the world.

That is true, despite the Haiti earthquake being more significant. If an earthquake of similar destructiveness was to occur in America, I wonder which would be remembered more strongly.
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9/14/2016 12:26:38 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

Well, one was natural, the other was committed my other people.
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9/14/2016 12:29:20 AM
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At 9/13/2016 10:34:17 PM, Genius_Intellect wrote:
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

I completely forgot it was 9/11, and would have paid it no mind if not for Reddit.

I think there are two reasons why 9/11 gets so much emphasis:

1.) It had a profound impact on world politics.

2.) It's a tragedy that's easy to politicize.

Other than that, it's the most over-hyped disaster since the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was over-hyped? If anything it gets what it deserves and Russia doesn't get enough.
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9/14/2016 12:40:10 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/14/2016 12:29:20 AM, Fernyx wrote:
At 9/13/2016 10:34:17 PM, Genius_Intellect wrote:
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

I completely forgot it was 9/11, and would have paid it no mind if not for Reddit.

I think there are two reasons why 9/11 gets so much emphasis:

1.) It had a profound impact on world politics.

2.) It's a tragedy that's easy to politicize.

Other than that, it's the most over-hyped disaster since the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was over-hyped? If anything it gets what it deserves and Russia doesn't get enough.

The Holocaust killed 11 million people. What's the big deal?
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9/14/2016 12:42:39 AM
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At 9/14/2016 12:40:10 AM, Genius_Intellect wrote:
At 9/14/2016 12:29:20 AM, Fernyx wrote:
At 9/13/2016 10:34:17 PM, Genius_Intellect wrote:
At 9/12/2016 1:05:45 AM, Axonly wrote:
So today is 9/11, a date which everyone in the developed world remembers, I have to ask though, why do you think more significant disasters remembered as intently? IE the 2010 Haiti earthquake happened far more recently and had significantly more causalities

(This isn't to marginalize 9/11, all due respect to the victims)

I completely forgot it was 9/11, and would have paid it no mind if not for Reddit.

I think there are two reasons why 9/11 gets so much emphasis:

1.) It had a profound impact on world politics.

2.) It's a tragedy that's easy to politicize.

Other than that, it's the most over-hyped disaster since the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was over-hyped? If anything it gets what it deserves and Russia doesn't get enough.

The Holocaust killed 11 million people. What's the big deal?

1) It's 11 million people
2) It shows that extreme hate can lead a group to do something people thought would never happen
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9/14/2016 1:03:10 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/14/2016 12:42:39 AM, Fernyx wrote:
At 9/14/2016 12:40:10 AM, Genius_Intellect wrote:
The Holocaust killed 11 million people. What's the big deal?

1) It's 11 million people

That's just scale. There have been smaller atrocities that make the Holocaust look tame by comparison.

2) It shows that extreme hate can lead a group to do something people thought would never happen

We didn't learn anything. We're no better equipped to resist genocide, we're just more sensitive about it. If history repeated itself, people would stand back and let the Holocaust happen again.