I would also say 9/11 was the last time I was really shocked. Everything that happened seemed so not plausable, yet happened. Even as it was happening, I didn’t think ahead. For instance, after one of the towers fell, I remember seeing the footage and I said to my co-worker. Wow next time I got to NYC it’s going to be strange to only see one tower in the skyline.
It never occured to me the other one would fall too.
I was researching for a website I was doing about early Chicago Hospitals and one thing I found, not shocking but really odd was how much of crime went on long before today. I mean you always hear about how bad crime is but then you read old newspapers and you see the crime still existed.
For instance, Belle Gunness was the leading female serial killer. But this all took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The biggest death of school children happened not at Virginia Tech but in Bath Michgan in 1927.
You talk about gun control, I recall reading in the Chicago Tribune index from around 1910 about a bunch of white kids, pushing 5 black kids out of windows killing them all, in what what termed a “racial incident.”
You always think of crime as a new thing, but it’s really not.
On a personal note, the most shocking thing I experienced was turning 40. I was always told how much disrimination old people face, in terms of job, dating or whatever. I never, ever thought it was so, I thought it was griping by old people.
Now that I’m over 40, wow, I can’t believe how true it is. What’s really shocking was not the fact that you’re being discriminated against, but how truthfull people are in telling you right to your face that’s the reason. For example, (from a few years back) “You’re 42? Oh I didn’t realize, I don’t go out with old guys.”
I think with me the difference is not that something may “shock” me but that it doesn’t come as a shock to me. It’s like dating, now I’ve been around a long time and I thought I had heard everything, but I tell you they just keep coming up with them