9/11 is, of course, a day that should be remembered. So many lives were affected — and are still being affected — by that tragedy. I also believe this is a great time to celebrate what is best about America. An America we saw right after the event. An America concerned with pulling together in love, and not divided by hate.
But, on the other hand, hate can pay the bills, as I'm finding out right now, through the magic of residual income. Here's the story:
A few years ago, while working on my Journalism M.A., I did a story on Ramadan for one of my classes. I visited a mosque in Syracuse, and the kind imam showed me around. It had just been remodeled, and I was the first person he took inside to see the changes. I attended Friday evening prayers, and talked to some of the members of a mosque.
I really enjoyed my time there, and it reminded me of some of the friends I'd made during my undergrad studies at SUU. Three Muslim students lived in our dorm, and I often enjoyed speaking with them. Writing my story was helped along by the fact that I had taken classes in Middle Eastern studies during my undergrad days, and by the fact that I am curious about (and make it a point to learn about) other religious and cultures.
I wrote a few more things on Islam for my class. Then, after I graduated, I started writing for a content site — paying the bills while I got things going as a freelance writer. The site offered a great special: Upload schools assignments and get paid a flat $4 apiece. I didn't hesitate. I uploaded all of the papers I still had. Including my stuff on Islam.
As you might imagine, the trolls are out in force this weekend, leaving somewhat nasty comments on my Islam stuff still on the site. But, even though I don't write much there (just assignments they offer on occasion), I still get residual income from pageviews. So, even though all these intolerant types are bashing me as a “tool of Satan” and such, they are actually helping to provide me with a little extra money.
So, thank you trolls.
Turns out your blind rage isn't so pointless after all. At least not to my pocketbook.