Two nights ago, many Americans got perhaps the most peaceful night of sleep they’ve had in almost a decade. Me on the other hand, I slept like total shit. At approximately toogoddamnlate:30 AM, the carbon monoxide detector in my apartment started beeping real loud. Don’t worry though, my roommate and I weren’t inhaling fatal gases. The batteries needed to be changed, and our friend Kidde The Carbon Monoxide Alarm made sure we woke up to fully understand this. But afterwards, I had so much on my mind, I couldn’t go back to sleep. This also happened to be the same night that President Obama came on national television and announced that at last, after two fallen towers , two wars started, and hundreds of thousands of lives lost, Osama Bin Laden had finally been found and terminated on sight.
But that’s not exactly why I couldn’t sleep.
I was sitting on my couch with my roommate when the Twittersphere told me to switch to CNN for a major announcement by the Prez. Ironically enough, we were drinking 50 Back, a local craft beer that donates 50% of its proceeds to charities committed to supporting the veterans of our nations armed forces. You should try it, it’s good. But that wouldn’t be the most ironic part of the night.
Though the cat had already been let out of the bag by almost every major news outlet in the country, President Barack Obama made one of the most historic announcements in American history when he confirmed that the man who had masterminded the most deadly attack on U.S. soil was finally no more.
Now, one might think that an event of such iconic importance would serve as a catalyst of unity among Americans, however temporary it might be. Well, I was “one” and I thought wrong. Did you happen to catch the irony? If you spend as much time on Facebook or Twitter as I do, then you may have seen it all over your own News Feeds and Timelines. Hell, Bin Laden’s death even broke Twitter records so perhaps we should’ve been prepared for the circus of reactions that flooded the internet.
Which leads me to the point of this whole post. I’d be a bad friend if I didn’t share with you some of the more interesting reactions (as well as my own commentary) that I saw via social media that night. No names will be used but all the statements are in their unadulterated form. I realize some folks probably won’t be happy if they innocently clicked this link only to find their quote below, but that’s what happens when you put your unrehearsed thoughts on the internet b. Tough shit. I won’t hold that against you though, because a few of you were Muted or banished to the hidden pastures of my News Feed indefinitely right after I screen capped your statuses anyway. So this is a risk we here at The Dilemma will simply have to take.
The news brought out the
best worst and worst of logic in folks…
it also stirred up some reactions to the…well, reactions
And speaking of wisdumb…
And without social media, who would be there to keep folks grounded?
And social media is always there remind us that anything is possible…
But at the end of the day, the truest statement in my opinion is the one that I felt the most compelled to retweet…
I can only hope that with an important chapter closed, we can all find the courage to close the entire book, bring our troops home soon and reach peace, however and wherever that may be. God Bless America.