Two minutes silence

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, March 1st, 2011 - 24 comments
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Today at 12:51 pm marks exactly one week since the earthquake struck, and probably around 300 people lost their lives.

PM John Key has called on the country to observe 2 minutes silence, starting at that time, to honour the victims of the quake.

For me the photograph below, more than any other single image, captures the scale and intensity of the quake as it hit*.

*With thanks to The Herald and the photographer.

24 comments on “Two minutes silence”

  1. “No comments on “Two minutes silence” it says above 🙂

  2. toad 3

    And this gem from Farrar, Robert:

    Also don’t forget the two minutes silence at 1251. Hopefully radio will broadcast this…

  3. WTMF 4

    When did it stop being a (single) minute of silence (instead of two, I’m sure it just used to be one), is that inflation caused by the national government?

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      I think it’s in response to the scope of the disaster. If it had been, say, 10 people dying in a plane crash, it might be 1 minute of silence.

      But you’re right, I think going back to the 80’s and earlier it was probably just a single minute of silence, whenever something warranted it.

      • Tigger 4.1.1

        A minute is indeed traditional – but I have to say I felt manipulated by this ‘two minute’ thing. Then again, I am not a fan of standardised grieving so I’m hardly the target audience.

        • Akldnut 4.1.1.1

          Two minutes at Pike River as well.
          Looks like somebody’s made a conscious decision to alter what we do on our behalf without telling us. Some may even say NANNY STATE

  4. Fisiani 5

    I cannot believe you could sink so low. Respect . 7 letters.. Look it up in the dictionary

  5. “I cannot believe you could sink so low”

    This is a refrain used by conservatives whenever their dictates are questioned.

    It’s a bullying tactic.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      it’s also a comment which reflects the conservative disposition that compared to themselves, the masses are both uncouth and unwashed.

  6. Im reluctent to make an adverse comment over a disaster like ChCh. However I was more than concerned that the two minute silence turned into a Christian ritual and service. As an atheist I was rather turned off the whole service. Then I thought well what about the other religions, were only Christian people killed . If so I wonder why ,is there another message here.?

    • Tigger 7.1

      What do you mean in particular, pp?

      Everyone has the right to grieve in their own way. But if people have been imposing their way of grieving onto others then that’s inappropriate.

      I am not a fan of ‘standardised grieving’ as I call it – being forced into silence by the powers that be. It’s too often used as a PR exercise for me to view it as anything but a cynical attempt to ‘unite’ us when I feel we’re always united. I see why others need and want this. I don’t.

      By the way, before the Fisi’s of the world attack me – I lost someone I knew in quake. And I’m remembering and honouring him just fine without bowing to some arbitrary silence…

  7. I observed the 2 minutes silence to respect the people lost and hurt a week ago.

    our tears dry as
    salty trails in the nor-wester
    that heated wind
    slides forcefully within the rubble
    it continues
    restlessly toward the sea, our lives
    emergency
    that digs our sides and cuts our shoulders
    it is all us
    that hot breath knows it holds everything.

    Kia kaha Christchurch/Otautahi.

  8. infused 9

    It was good. We did it at work. A lot of sites were shut down (web). Lots of people on the street. Good stuff.

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