It may have been our duty at some time, or we may have kept vigil out of love, or out of faith, and when we’ve kept vigil we generally feel a sense of responsibility and solemnity. Our vigilance is not meant to disturb its object, rather to allow it to continue whatever it may be doing without disturbance. This object may be a living being or one no longer living or never living, but in any case it is deserving of respect; other emotions and feelings may be involved but respect is the one most needed to feel the desire to keep vigil. And though vigils include wakefulness and watchfulness, this does not necessarily mean that one must be watching over someone or something besides oneself. Much of the time when holding a vigil it can also be called a meditation directed from you to yourself or prayer directed to a spiritual mentor or your version an all-powerful moral authority. A vigil can also be a way to bring people together in common cause, to express a similar feeling about a certain issue, to mourn specific people or events, or to celebrate the same. Holding or keeping vigil is a way to confirm a sense of community whether in a group or alone. Shouldn’t we respect people who respect something and express it?