America the Traumatized

December 31, 2009 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comment
Filed under: American Identity, Politics 

This Alternet post by Adele Stan points to thirteen events that shaped the millennial decade and traumatized the nation. Whether or not you agree with every point, it gives us a lot to think about as we enter the new year.

It’s been one helluva decade, even though we’ve reached the end without knowing what to call it. Some have tried “the aughts,” others the “double-Os.” I’m content to simply call it over. To mark its location in the great march of history, I’ve taken to calling it the millennial decade, after the great numerological transition it heralded. Yet for describing its character, nothing comes closer than the Decade of Trauma — American trauma, that is.

Here in the home of the brave, we’ve endured a decade that shattered nearly every notion of what it meant to be an American, whether you live on the left or the right. And so we shout. Or hide. Or startle too easily. Read more