Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Moments of Silence Instead of Celebratory Toasts

People have such strange traditions. Apparently, on the anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, people gather at midnight at base of the Women's Titanic Memorial dressed in evening gowns and drinking champagne to toast and honor the victims.

It's almost as strange a tradition as a college friend who watched the movie Titanic in the movie theaters once a week, because she thought it was such a beautiful "love story." She seemed to only focus on the fictional aspect of the film -- the romance between Rose and Jack -- and disregard the historically accurate part depicting how more than 1,500 people perished during the disaster.

I find it unsettling to "celebrate" anniversaries of disasters and tragic events. While I understand the human inclination to observe and mark these moments and events, I don't think celebrating is appropriate. When it occurs, the revelers seem to be more focused on themselves and the "celebration" and the sad occasion they gathered to mark.

A moment of silence would suffice in the place of a champagne toast, don't you think?

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