10" x 8", coloured pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum
all text and images copyright Katherine Tyrrell
.....of innocence, lives lost needlessly, victims with no names and no memorials, security, feeling safe, clean air, forests, land, homes, trust, peace and all the other things tragically lost in our world.
A day of silence in the blogosphere has been proposed for today. The original proposal related to the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. Tragic as that was, others felt that there were other bigger tragedies in the world. I can certainly think of any number of other events which have been much bigger tragedies and received much less press and TV coverage. It's all very sad.
Not everybody knows about the proposed day of silence and it's unlikely all blogs will be silent. The ones with the most links certainly aren't - I've checked.
Should people therefore feel as if they are disrespectful if they don't join in? I don't believe they should. At the same time I also support the notion that silence as a memorial is very powerful - when everybody joins in.
I'm not in any way opposed to bloggers contributing to a memorial - in fact I think it could be a very good idea. However I don't think it should be associated with one event or one date which has meaning for only some people. In my opinion, it that were to happen it can appear to disrespect others around the world and their own tragedies.
If this is a good idea then, in my opinion, it needs to be clearly about:
- all victims and not just one set
- all the people who have lost their lives needlessly
- all those people with no other memorial
- all the things we have lost which we should have valued more while we still had them.
In the meantime - can I recommend you read two posts - one by somebody who is choosing to be silent today and another by somebody who is not - both for very good reasons.
- Lorelle - a very powerful blog post about the power of silence as a memorial Silence is a Memorium - not a reason to stop blogging - very much a recommended read. Have you ever been moved by the power of silence?
- Wendy - a thoughtful piece "In Memory" - about why we need to focus on changing the things we can, letting go of the things we can't and learning to understand the difference. Her response has been to create a new blog "Change Your World Today" to celebrate the positive things in people's lives and the postive energy which can be derived from focusing on the unsung heroes in our lives rather than those who conventionally get the memorials - those who go to war, those who protect us and those who are celebrated during our lifetime. Who do you know who needs to be remembered?