Hello, and welcome to Day 18 of 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the World Category and the card states, “What news stories have affected you the most. Why was this?”
First and easiest news story to pick for this one is 9/11. For anyone who came of age in the 2000’s 9/11 was the defining moment for us. I’d argue that the United States hasn’t recovered from 9/11, whether socially or politically. We’re still at war in the two countries that we invaded as a result of the 9/11 attacks, and the federal government still has a lot of the security powers that they claimed post attacks in the name of security. Growing up in that kind of era leaves a strong impression on you.
The second news story would be the death of Rachel Held Evans. When I saw that she had passed away after her short illness I was deeply affected. As I’ve explained in a few other posts both during 100 Days of Blogging and earlier, Rachel Held Evans’ work left a profound impact on me and my relationship with Christ and my belief in Christianity. Her family live streamed her funeral and as I was watching I was super emotional, even though I never met her. Her work both on social media and in her books was instrumental in my faith journey and without her work I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Another news story that has affected me was of course all the news surrounding this current pandemic. At the time that I’m writing the world is embroiled in the Covid-19 (not China Flu, not WuFlu, not Kung Flu you racist jerks) pandemic. A lot of the United States is still in shelter in place mode and my bar exam was rescheduled from July to September, as well as possibly being done remotely. My school went with online distance learning to finish out the school year and my graduation ceremony went from being in May to occurring in October. This news story has had probably the most direct impact on me as a news story as any other news story.
So there we go, three news stories that have impacted me the most and why they have affected me the most.