We are asked to observe a moment of silence to mark life-altering events. Is it in lieu of something? To avoid the controversy of prayer and creed? Or is it facing the void that words about death and grief do not fully face? Which one fills up space prematurely? Prayer, statement of belief, or a moment of silence observed?
Perhaps there is a time and place for each of them but we must respect that these contexts aren't always the same.
Do we need to attach meaning to silence for it to be powerful? Can observing silence transform us by sheer practice without purpose?