Today across the Blogosphere a lot of people will be taking part in a "One Day Blog Silence in honor of the victims at Virginia Tech and as a symbol of support to all the victims of our world." A good number of blogs will remain quiet for this one day in a united show of respect to those who lost their loved ones. A good number of blogs will not remain quiet today but it should be noted that this is in no way out of disrespect for those who have died.
Whereas I always think that a moment of silence to reflect upon loss is an important as well as reverent thing to do, I'm not so sure that silencing all of the voices that make up the Blogosphere is such a good idea or will - ultimately - mean that much to all of the people who have lost loved ones in the form of family or friends. I'm sure that they will appreciate it but I think what they would appreciate even more is to hear a united voice from the people. Perhaps silence speaks volumes but more importantly - voices carry. They carry messages that we all need to pay attention to.
Sometimes it's more important for voices to be heard - voices of outrage, voices of change, voices of hope, voices that will try to make sure that this sort of senseless violence will never happen again. Whether you have chosen to show support for the 32 souls who lost their lives two weeks ago on a quiet college campus in Virginia by keeping silent or by speaking up, I stand with you in our resolve that the world can become a better place as long as people unite towards the same goal.