Tuesday, December 11th, 2001 - 8:52 pm PST

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith’s call for a worldwide moment of silence today was largely ignored by the masses. People in large part went on with their usual business of creating a general racket despite Smith’s request for ten minutes of peace in remembrance of all things that have ever come to pass. Not only was the moment of silence continually disrupted by talking, loud music, and noisy machinery, but nature itself refused to comply, the wind rustling leaves and creating a nuisance. By 5pm Smith gave up, sighed, and went on with life.