Friday, July 07, 2006

Silence in London

The day was like any other -- everybody was going about their business ... rushing to meetings, hailing cabs, chatting with friends, laughing ... D and I were on the train heading into central London when the announcement came on reminding us that there will be a 2 minute silence in rememberance of the 7-7 bombings last year ... Has a year already gone by? What a chaotic day that was - I'll never forget the anxiety that built up as I was stuck in a train, waiting for news - my family and friends desperately trying to contact me to make sure that I was ok - everyone reaching out to each other to comfort & console ...

D & I walked out of of the train and were on the platform when everyone stood still ... London had come to a stop. I was amazed at the stillness in the station but I desperately wanted to catch a glimpse of what it was like in the city -- what a powerful feeling to have everybody stopped at the same moment of time - remembering ... whether it was remembering the exact event, their friends, their family ... what it all means ... why it all happened ... what can be done to make this world a better place ... whatever it was ... everybody was in it together ... and I could truly feel the power of silence.


whoami123 said...


We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

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