Monday, May 2, 2011
A Tale of Perspective
For the record, my WOW guild and I had just downed Lady Deathwhisper, one of the bosses in Icecrown Citadel. I was preparing to divvy up the loot she drops and one of the raid members said, "Bin Laden is dead. It's on the news, right now." He's not the kind of guy to make jokes about that kind of thing. People scrambled to check their preferred news source. I kept refreshing my Internet browser. Nothing. I finally typed in the call letters of one of the local TV stations and up came analysis and the announcement that the President would address the nation "soon". Wow. This is quite the story.
That struck me. I am proud of my country, proud to be an American. Yet I am aware that I am but one of many on this ball spinning through space. What is important to me is not important to someone in Japan, Turkey or Canada. At a time of great pride in my country, I can drive 4 hours and be some place where the average Joe may look at me and say, "O-whatta bin Who?" Do you even know who is the current prime minister of Canada? I didn't. I had to look it up.
We should be justifiably proud of what we did in the wee hours of a Monday morning half a world away. If I ever met the members of the Navy Seal group that carried out the raid, I would thank them for a job exceptionally well done. On the world stage, however, it's just another day.
Beverage: English Breakfast tea