Today is the anniversary of an event that affected many people without question. September 11th, 2001 changed lives showing the best and worst of humanity. But I would like to stand up in protest against the misappropriation of a term that to me and most of the modern world holds a much deeper and life altering meaning. That is the designation of the former World Trade Center site as “ground zero”.
In terms of scope and lives affected there are only two acceptable possible locales worthy of that designation. In chronological order, the first is Trinity Test Site, Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, New Mexico (Latitude: 33° 40′ 31” N, Longitude: 106° 28′ 29” W). The second is located in the city of Hiroshima, Japan.
The Atomic bomb blew us into the “modern age” resulting in a world wide dread (dare I say “fear and loathing”?) about the future, ushering in the “cold war” with the threat of nuclear holocaust and the occasional undeclared war or police action ultimately killing hundreds of thousands. Nothing that happened in New York can begin to compare.