That is the truth Bear. Glad to see your sharpness once again.
My problem is, I refuse to accept those realities.
My world went down on 9/11. It did not recover -so far. Will it, ever? I don't know.
Well, I was standing on 49th and 8th until I got paged so I understand that completely.
One thing I found out while working in NYC, I had friends and work peers who were from all over the world and we could, much like here discuss damned near everything. It was, for a time awkward to have an Orthodox Jew, a Muslim, a German Catholic, an Irish Catholic and a recovering Southern Baptist kicking back in a conference room discussing all the crap going down in the world. It certainly helped when everyone was looking everyone else in the face. It is much harder to talk about "those people" when one or two of them are in the room. The conversations are just as hot but they are very too the point and get much information flow.
Push forward to being sent to UAE when you are the ONLY white guy in the group of 20 and decide you want to have the same conversations. "You people" takes on a completely different perspective. Usually it was not me making those comments. It is where I first understood the underlying anger and its history.
Is it going to "RECOVER". I really doubt it will ever be the same world. That is both good and bad. For those who really liked the comfort of hiding within the world's superpower, it is not going to be as good. For those who have traveled the world and have a world view, who have an understanding that we are not the leader of the world, simply one of it's luckier citizens everything will be fine.
Much like my photography, everything is a matter of perspective.