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2 munites silence for 9/11
08-09-2006, 01:12 PM (This post was last modified: 09-09-2006 01:16 PM by Pandora.)
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2 munites silence for 9/11

Will you be observing a two minute silence on 9/11? Do you think it's something the the whole nation should observe, or should it be down to the individual to decide for themselves?

I was chatting to the Head this morning about whether or not we should, as a school, have a 2 minute silence next week.

Our school is 60% muslim and she thought, politically, it would be simpler not to, but I'm sure some people will be upset if we don't.


I will observe it as a sign of respect for those who wish to observe it, if you see what I mean, although the concept of having 2 minutes to reflect isn't one that works particularly well for me. I think there's enough tv coverage about 9/11 around at the moment that there's plenty of opportunity for people to collect their thought in their own time, rather than need the guidance of a pre-ordained time.

Your thoughts please.


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08-09-2006, 01:19 PM
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I think it's rather perplexing that the head teacher wants to avoid the two minute silence on the grounds of the muslim pupils.

However I'm not in favour of a silence for 9/11, full stop. Loads of bad things happen in the world, and I don't believe that the fifth anniversary of 9/11 should be any more important than, say, remembering the four million dead in DR Congo.

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08-09-2006, 03:33 PM
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If they observe the 2 minute silence at my work then I'll stay quiet for it too, it'd be rude if I was the only person in my open-plan office gabbing while everyone else is quiet, or at the time of it if I'm somewhere that it is being observed then I will too......otherwise I won't bother.
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08-09-2006, 03:53 PM
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Difficult. Is it right to prevent people from observing silence to remember people killed in such a way? And is it right to use religion as some kind of excuse - the overwhelming majority of Muslims do not support the terrorist activities and were shocked at the attack.
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08-09-2006, 05:01 PM
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As you said Floops, all the coverage on TV gives you plenty of time for reflection, and that is what i have done. I have sat saddened and perplexed watching the TV screen. I have thought long and hard about the people who lost their lives, and the people caught up in the nightmare who had / have trouble adjusting to their lives now.

But i personally dont feel a need for a 2 minute silence. We dont have them for other disasters, natural or otherwise.

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08-09-2006, 06:57 PM
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floopy Wrote:Will you be observing a two minute silence on 9/11? Do you think it's something the the whole nation should observe, or should it be down to the individual to decide for themselves?

I was chatting to the Head this morning about whether or not we should, as a school, have a 2 minute silence next week.

Our school is 60% muslim and she thought, politically, it would be simpler not to, but I'm sure some people will be upset if we don't.


I will observe it as a sign of respect for those who wish to observe it, if you see what I mean, although the concept of having 2 minutes to reflect isn't one that works particularly well for me. I think there's enough tv coverage about 9/11 around at the moment that there's plenty of opportunity for people to collect their thought in their own time, rather than need the guidance of a pre-ordained time.

Your thoughts please.

It is possible that a large group of people meditating (praying?) about something together can have an effect on actual events.

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08-09-2006, 10:32 PM
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I don't 'get' two-minute silences and the like.

While I respect the terrible grief that family and friends will have suffered, I also believe that it was no worse that that of a young wife and children whose husband/father won't be home tonight because of a ghastly road accident.

I've lost a number of people close to me whose deaths have had a more profound affect on me than that of strangers lost in 9/11, 7/7 etc so, no, I wouldn't observe a silence. I woudn't disruptively 'unobserve' it; I just believe these things are for those directly affected.

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09-09-2006, 07:37 AM
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Fee For All Wrote:I don't 'get' two-minute silences and the like.

While I respect the terrible grief that family and friends will have suffered, I also believe that it was no worse that that of a young wife and children whose husband/father won't be home tonight because of a ghastly road accident.

There's a difference though, the 9/11 events had an impact on people globally.

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09-09-2006, 07:44 AM
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Fee For All Wrote:I don't 'get' two-minute silences and the like.

While I respect the terrible grief that family and friends will have suffered, I also believe that it was no worse that that of a young wife and children whose husband/father won't be home tonight because of a ghastly road accident.

I've lost a number of people close to me whose deaths have had a more profound affect on me than that of strangers lost in 9/11, 7/7 etc so, no, I wouldn't observe a silence. I woudn't disruptively 'unobserve' it; I just believe these things are for those directly affected.
I agree with you here Fee.
Yes, 9/11 was horrible and my heart goes out to everyone who lost people close to them but I don't see the point in observing a 2 minute silence. We don't have a 2 minute silence for most tragedies that occur so why this one? It's not as if people haven't been thinking about/ praying for the victims since it happened anyway.
So no, I won't be actively doing it either. If others around me are, then obviously I won't disrespect that though.

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09-09-2006, 07:52 AM
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PJ Wrote:I don't see the point in observing a 2 minute silence.

I think it's done as a sign of solidarity against major acts of war and the resulting loss of life, as we do on Remembrance day.

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