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*restrains a 'wheres the minute silences for <insert tragedy here> rant*
I'm on holiday!
much in the same way i didn't observe the one last year either.
much for the reasons you've said.
Which would be a ridiculously uncomfortable 2 mins.
I don't think it will make much difference.
refusing to observe it simply upsets people. i don't see how it's going to cause me harm.
how terribly mawkish of her.
i'm making my point in a non-confrontational way. i don't believe that the 52 people who died on that day are any more important nor worth honouring with silence than the considerably-larger number of people who die around the world every day.
and it's impractical to spend my entire life silent, as much as i can see the advantages.
my personal feelings on this matter should not upset anyone, but if they want to know why i am not observing it then they are welcome to ask me.
and yes its ture that we are desensitized to the random killings all over the world every day and its scary to think that one day London will be like Israel with regualr bus bombings and then we'll become desensitized to what happens on our doorstep - its a tricky thing really - the diana 1 minute silence turned my stomach but last July was quite shocking because it was actually real to us and not something on telly you can swtich off
and of poverty and disasters every day, etc etc. But the sad truth is, however hard you try to be 'globally aware', for most of us, the things which have the most impact on our feelings are those closer to home, the ones where you genuinely think 'that could have been me'.
I remember spending all day on here last 7 July, and how it unfolded (even down to some individual posts) and I remember how worried I was about people I just 'knew' on the internet. It horrifies me to think how I would have felt had it been this year, worrying about my friends and colleagues.
I won't be particularly observing the silence (I'd look like a prick if I wasn't silent though, considering I'm silent most of the day so I'd have to sing to myself or something), but I imagine I will be thinking about it a lot during the day, as I have at various points over the last year.
and i'm not saying that there shouldn't be a silence or that people are wrong to observe it or that i'll go out of my way to "ruin" it - i just shan't be.
i spend most of my day in my office alone anyway, so i can't imagine it'll impact on me in any great way regardless of my decision!
i will be observing it, but not only thinking about those people that died, but about those other people around the world that die every day. and about people i know that have passed away.
i'll probably be asleep anyway.
I don't see the point in not respecting them, it's only 2 minutes.
that those who choose not to respect them are made out to be somehow evil.
If people want to observe them that's fine. And someone trying to speak to someone clearly observing it *is* being a cock, but legislated mourning is a bit of a weird idea.
I care so I imagine I'll be silent but I'm not about to get the witch hunt going for those who don't.
You are a cunt.
Regardless of whether or not you think the biggest terrorist attack in the history of this country is worth remembering, you should still shut the fuck up, no question.
was it the biggest?
i'm sure there were worse IRA ones. Omagh?
Omagh was 29 (or 31 if you count unborn twins)
But Mackem - you talk of history as if it's a subject you know something about ...
I very much doubt this to be the case
it would be hypocritical of myself?
I bet you've been hypocritical at some point or another? To try not to be now is surely just hypocritical?
i'm trying not to be.
and I swear I once had A THREE minute silence once....!
I wonder whether the panel'll want to observe it or if we'll just keep going - I'm okay either way myself. If I'm around people who want to observe it I'll observe it but I wont' worry I don't.
I'm not being callous or anything - it's just I feel like I'm capable of finding the opportunity to think about what happened last July 7 on my own time and don't feel the need for a particular moment when I'm 'supposed' to think about it.