Someone I know came very close to death in a terrible car accident many years ago. I was always struck by the curious timing at 11am on 11th November (11/11). Exactly the same time as the two minutes silence on Remembrance Day.
How many people participate in the two minutes silence? I would say well over half the population. Shops, schools, workplaces and offices all stop. You would be frowned upon if you didn’t join in. There is nothing else quite like it for everyone stopping at once and thinking of the same thing for two minutes. And what do we think about? We remember the dead. We think of the horror of war, and all those young healthy men who died.
What effect does this have? So many collective thoughts all thinking of death? I believe it may be powerful enough to cause death. I wonder if there are any hospital statistics available?
Wouldn’t it be so much better if we could collectively have two minutes silence to think about peace, love, joy and healing? What effect would that have? Maybe we would see some miraculous healing! You don’t need to wait for everyone else to join in with you, you can start now. Just your individual thoughts will have an effect.
It is a bit like people pulling on a rope trying to shift something, tug of war style. Many people at the same time has a bigger effect than just one. And many people at the same time will be able to shift something much bigger than many people having a separate go. But what do we want to shift? Do we want to create death or healing? It’s important to pull the rope the way you want things to go.
Religious people often prayer together for good outcomes, such as healing, and I know of cases where apparent miracles have happened as a a result of this collective thought focused on a good outcome.
As far as I can see, the only good reason to remember the dead from the wars, is so that we can study our history and learn from it, understand the world better, and thereby improve life today for ourselves and the planet. I think it’s time to change Remembrance Day and make life for living. Pull the rope the other way.
(See also: It’s the Thought That Counts, Death Worship)