A heartwarming story about 911

Canadian musical Come From Away is showing at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. The uplifting tale that also reflects on how the 9/11 attacks punctured the west’s illusion of invulnerability.

Here’s the review from The Guardian: Come From Away – a feelgood 9/11 musical? Believe the hype. I went because everybody I knew who had seen it told me not to miss it. And it’s Canadian, to its bootstraps. No one else could even conceive of such a story. Everyone’s nice and in spite of the significance of the specific day in history that surrounds the story, there are no bad people. I will say as much about it that is positive that I can bear, but then get into the politics and morality.

The story is upbeat, it is sweet and kindly, and it is one more effort to bring to life The Enlightenment Project which would not be all that bad an idea if it could actually be done. The Enlightenment Project was in large part a call for tolerance, which really means, I will make an effort to get on with you, if you will make an equal effort to get on with me, even though we cannot stand each other and do not like each other’s beliefs. This is the minimum requirement both for social peace and democratic politics. “Tolerance” has now transmogrified into a mandatory requirement to actually think positively about everyone else in spite of what they do, except, it seems, white males, who are never to be tolerated no matter what they do. This is the definition of “tolerance” that comes up at Wikipedia:

the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.
“the tolerance of corruption”

Given their wording, what they seem to mean is putting up with bad things you cannot do anything about, since “corruption” hardly fits into an acceptance of other people’s beliefs and ways of life, although perhaps looking at our politicians, that is probably what it now does mean. I might also note that there seems to be very little tolerance shown by the left for conservative points of view.

All that said, Come From Away is an upbeat musical that takes place on September 11, 2001 when dozens of passenger planes attempting to cross the Atlantic were diverted to the airport at Gander, where every transatlantic flight used to land in days gone by before you could fly London-New York non-stop. It’s one of those feel-good-about-themselves stories made just for the left since going to the play, shelling out hundreds of dollars for the night and then applauding wildly at the end demonstrates what a tolerant and liberal person you are.

And just so as not to spoil the mood, no one during the entire performance discusses the use of airplanes as incendiary bombs at the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. No one discusses the thousands of deaths that had caused these planes to be diverted. And I need hardly point out the cultural identity of the only person to feel victimised during the hour and forty minutes it took to get through it all.

I could make the analogy worse, but try this. What would you think about a cheerful and upbeat musical comedy about people meeting up and getting to know each other following the attack on Pearl Harbour?

No one on the left is any longer serious about any major issue not even ones that involve their lives and the lives of their children. Anyway, the video below is how less than two decades after the event we remember 911. You will see how positive the audience reacts “to the events in New York on September 11”, which is what we now expect from the media and arts alliance.

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10 Responses to A heartwarming story about 911

  1. cuckoo

    No one on the left is any longer serious about any major issue not even ones that involve their lives and the lives of their children.

    But what about the rage they can turn on like a tap? In fact, I have often been at middle-class dinner parties and been struck by the way these people can be raging against Trump or Abbott or Pell or whoever, and within 30 seconds, they’re laughing and joking about some other topic, without a care in the world.

  2. cuckoo

    Come from away is hardly suprising in a world in which a young man is brutally murdered by a jihadist in London, and before his body is cold his loony-left father is in the media proclaiming that his son would not have wanted his death to be the pretext for ‘draconian’ measures. Which presumably include locking up the people like the ones who murdered his son. The son, of course, was unavailable for comment.

  3. nb

    ‘No one on the left is any longer serious about any major issue’
    Sometimes when I am driving a car, and it is cold outside, raining perhaps, I am inside, warm, snug, music on. The whole thing is so deliciously comfortable. I try to imagine what happens if the petrol runs out. I cannot. The idea that this little world might cease in a blink seems impossible. So the comfortable left. In their strange disengagement from reality nothing is real except their over-indulged fantasies. Reality-check? Not possible.

  4. Cuckoo:

    But what about the rage they can turn on like a tap? In fact, I have often been at middle-class dinner parties and been struck by the way these people can be raging against Trump or Abbott or Pell or whoever, and within 30 seconds, they’re laughing and joking about some other topic, without a care in the world.

    It’s this bizarre polarity that is most concerning. When someone’s moods are so labile they can switch like this, it’s a little frightening. Like being confronted by a schizophrenic with their on/off emotions.

  5. lotocoti

    Time to dust off that pitch for The Sound of Munich.

  6. Paridell

    The musical is not about 9/11 as such. It is about the hospitality shown by locals to passengers whose aircraft had been diverted from New York. I don’t think you’re being quite fair to it. Complaining that it doesn’t mention the thousands of deaths in New York and Washington is like saying that South Pacific is illegitimate because it doesn’t mention the thousands who died at Pearl Harbor.

  7. Oh come on

    Canada is even more cringey than Australia. It’s a fact that Canada simply will not elect a conservative government – not even a nominally conservative government – while Trump is prez. That’s how culturally insecure they are.

  8. Nob

    Occasionally used Gander when it was foggy at St John.
    I think.

    It was back when doing stuff with the Hibernia platform.
    When East coast Canada was going to be the new North Sea for oil and gas.
    Still got a Newfy working for me but he decamped to Manila long ago.
    Mad as cut snake but the customers like him.

    But yeah, they’re generally nice folk. Most people are.

  9. Roger W

    Paridell, Pearl Harbour may not be mentioned but you are left in no doubt about the war being fought and who the enemy is.

  10. cohenite

    The left must be destroyed. The enemy is totalitarianism – communism, RoP – which the left facilitates.

    Having said that and once being a leftie and knowing many lefties who have not matured, at heart they are children, spoilt, self-centred children, who can’t stand for their good intentions to be thwarted. Being so good themselves they cannot comprehend any group who they support as not being good either even if that group is made temporarily bad through the nasty actions of the non-left white males. Hence their support for RoP and communism which will be perfect once liberated from oppression by non-left white males and with them in charge.

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