A Moment of Silence

It’s not really a moment of silence if I’m typing words as usual now is it? Wrap your mind around that!

No, what I’m writing about today is the fact that I’m tired of people calling for a moment of silence whenever somebody buys it. It’s stupid and it never works. I’ve seen people do this a million times and every time when the moment of silence is finished the person they were silencing about is still dead. You would think people would figure this out and try something different.

So here’s something even stupider than that: today I’m clicking in the Lansing State Journal dot com and I see some group had a moment of silence for the victims of violence against women. Now granted, violence against human beings is bad (regardless of gender) but this moment of silence is beyond words. They actually took time out of their day to close their eyes and think about a whole group of victimized people. How do you even do that? Do you think about one murder victim, one rape victim, one face-punching victim, and then call that a fair representation of violence victims as a whole? Or do you visualize a picture of a large gathering of people (presumably before they were murdered) with big red text that says VICTIM superimposed on the group? And do the people in your mental image crowd have to look like actual people you know to be victimized or can they just be generic-looking people who have had their status denoted by the text? Oh and one more thing, WHY ARE THEY EVEN DOING THIS???

I know in the big picture what they’re really trying to do is effect behavior change, I just don’t see how they expect to do it with these actions. If you take the violent people and make THEM stand on the capital lawn and perform a moment of silence perhaps that might have some effect. At least in that case the violent people can use their moment to think about the actual people they brutalized which will of course make for some more accurate mental imagry than the people thinking about hypothetical victims. And when the survivors of violence have their moment of silence they probably just have a mental image of a fist coming at them and big star appearing over and over again and that can’t be pleasant.

But all in all I think what irks me the most about this is that it really just underscores my dislike of rallies. The Klan rallies, the gay rights rallies, the Right to Lifers, the Freedom of Choicers, PETA, the Million Man March, the Motorcycle Helmet Protesters, oh just STOP IT ALREADY! If you have an issue then write a letter to the editor, start a magazine, create a political action committee, organize a rally, but whatever you do DON’T ORGANIZE A RALLY! I am seriously, please stop annoying me with large crowds of people who group together under the mentality of “this many people can’t be wrong”. Yes they can. There’s like a billion Hindus and like 50 billion people who’ve eaten Big Macs, they can’t both be right. So stop it.

And there you have my moment of noise.

12 Responses to “A Moment of Silence”

  1. mexi says:

    Dammit! Now another moment of silence!! Why do people think noise is the culprit???

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  3. mexi says:

    I keep forgetting to do that. I’ll vote when I log on at home.

  4. Vote or die. If you don’t vote we will have a moment of silence for the non-voters.

  5. dan stowell says:

    Mexi;I don’t think that its any secret that when man acts out in groups its always bad news.Or in this case just annoying news either way it does prove people have too much time on their hands.

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  7. Winston the Cat says:

    “If you have an issue then write a letter to the editor, start a magazine, create a political action committee, organize a rally, but whatever you do DON’T ORGANIZE A RALLY!”

    —So, is it organize a rally, or DON’T ORGANIZE A RALLY? LOL, I get your point…. I don’t think that the point of “a moment of silence” is to effect behavior change; it is to promote awareness. I like the hindus and the Big Mac eaters analogy….but it kinda flakes apart the more you look at it…Members of groups usually have to deal in some way with adherence to norms. The normative in American society is quite fluid; it changes within certain bounds so long as it continues to buttress capitalism. The normative gives not one whit to ethics, morals, etc…..for those concepts are fluid as well. Your observation that “..both Big Mac eaters and Hindus can’t both be right” suggests that you believe in “absolute truth” or some such edifice that is static. I don’t know what to think about that except……..beer.

  8. mexi says:

    1. My saying both organize and then don’t organize wasn’t a mistake, I sometimes use apparant oopsies in my writing just to amuse myself (kind of like the ‘teh’ in ‘teh Mexigogue’. I admit it may be confusing to others but keep in mind that my foremost audience is myself.

    2. Is promoting awareness an end unto itself or does it further something else?

    3. While I acknowledge that social norms are fluid, I hold that there are ethical truths for humans. These are not the same ethical truths that exist for tigers, monkeys, or flies, but these truths are universal for people. The ethical imperatives are derived from human nature and philosophies and religions that run counter to them are in fact ethically wrong. For example, the human sacrifice of the ancient middle easterners and Ancient Aztecs might be excusable given the ignorance of those people, but they cannot be asserted to be ethical good or even ethically neutral due to the fact that morality is relative. Human beings, by their very nature, have an inherent right to life, speech, freedom of mind, and the right to trade with others. Any ethical system that denies these run counter to humanity and is therefore inhumane.

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