Mr Chris wrote:
Don't forget Comical, 4 minutes is the exact right amount of silence. Any more is not required, but a second less and you're disrespecting Britain!
Tell you what - next year, why don't you go along to the Cenotaph and yell that at the assembled veterans? They clearly need educating.
There's cynicism and then there's just being an insensitive smart-arse for the sake of getting a reaction.
Is it 4 minutes now? Thats one for each of the living veterans. I can give them that. (Though I only did one minute)
I find it staggering that there are people alive who lived in the 19th century. If mankind had a better grasp of time then I think we behave better as a species. Thats why stuff like this is so important.
The oldest one is 113. If the people he meets today tell that story when they are 113 then that direct touch of the story will have lasted 200 years. 2114 and 1914 separated by only one person. It boogles the mind.
I don't really mention it because people just put it down to my atheism, but I really don't like using the BC/AD calendar. I think we should have a date system that goes back as far as the first known civilisation (roughly at least). Dates and things like 11.11.11 really bring home how short the little experiment that is the human race has been.