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Are two minutes silences an arbitrary sign of respect?

Asked by goootli (162points) March 18th, 2010

Being silent for a sign of respect seems quite arbitrary, would be like saying “If you don’t rub your belly and tap your head for two minutes you don’t care about our soldiers.”

Discussing their actions for two minutes seem more appropriate.
Being silent doesn’t necessarily mean you respect them but do it because everyone else does and just because you talk doesn’t mean you don’t care.

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Pandora's avatar

I believe 2 minutes of silence is so one can reflect. I think two minutes of discussion would probably only cover one persons thoughts and even then it may not be enough.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

In an ideal world, those two minutes would be spent thinking about the person/people/thing/event/whatever that the silence was dedicated to. However, many people don’t really take this kind of thing seriously and just get silent when they’re told to.

I agree with @Pandora that discussion would be better than silence. That’s a much better idea!

thriftymaid's avatar

It’s a period for self reflection which is always more beneficial than hearing someone else speak.

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