January 06, 2005

When a Minute Isn't A Minute

The soldiers of World War II get one, Princess Diana got two, as did those who died on September 11th (in the UK at least) and the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami got three, minutes of silence that is. Except that not everyone is happy with their lot, especially WWII vets. Given that a minute's silence is observed for so many tragedies and celebrity deaths that occur, the ante has been continually upped. The next disaster will need four minutes and the one after that five. Something has been forgotten here - it's the act of remembrance that is important and not the amount of time allocated to it.