In the same way that at the conclusion of a performance that was so singular, so emotionally moving to very core of a person's heart and soul, an audience will often sit in respectful silence for a moment before the thunderous applause and standing ovation begin.
It's a recognition that one has been witness to a rare event that is so special and so significant that a moment of silent reflection is the most appropriate response.
As a citizen of this country/state, you support the country/state by turning over a portion of your resources to be used for the public good (rising tide, all boats - you know - that sort of thing). At that point, these are no longer "your private resources".
Now, you may disagree with the proportion of your resources which go to the country/state to be used for the public good. And you may disagree with how "public good" spending is being allocated. Those are all part of the...
A week or so ago I entered a stretch of road with signage reading "Right Lane Closed Ahead". Pretty much all the drivers around me who weren't already in the left lane moved over into it, forming a slower-moving longer line of traffic on the left of the now-empty lane on the right.
Some distance later, a second sign instructed motorists to utilize the zipper merge. Which all sorts of newly-arriving motorists "zipping" along down the emptied right hand lane apparently did - once they...
I was unhappy with the degree to which my caucus experience felt like an "insiders club". Lots of the folks obviously knew each other and knew how things worked, and it all felt far more exclusive than inclusive.
Add to that the fact that they required everyone to write their names on the ballots they were casting or they wouldn't be counted and I had enough and walked out in the middle of it.