Time freezes at 14:28 today. The whole nation stood still for three minutes and paid silent tribute to the victims in Sichuan earthquake. All automobiles and trains honk at the same time. From the office balcony, I see hundreds of cars and buses stop on Beijing's East second ring road.

This is a moment every Chinese person is thinking of the same thing. The idea of 1.3 billion same thoughts is overwhelming, powerful, and even uplifting.

If there is silver lining in the earth shaking tragedy and at the cost of thousands lives, the ruthless tragedy might have just brought the nation and its people to a whole new level of humanity and ethics. The peaceful and ordinary life before May 12, 2008 ended abrupty when the earth started to tremble. The life after that will never be the same. It will be stronger.