Thursday, January 24, 2008

enough already

I suppose it's a shame that young man Heath died. And I would not be irate right now if it were just a mention on the nightly news the other day.
But enough ...pulleeze.

Personally, I don't really care that he's dead. I didn't know him. I will not be forced to be sad for someone just because their career was in acting. That was his job. That's what he did to pay the bills.

I don't know the other 150,000 people who died that day.
Why do I not mourn for them?

What... is it because this Heath guy was young... or his death was tragic?

Why do I not mourn for the 28 year old who lost his battle with Leukemia, leaving behind his wife and children after they spent all their savings on his health care.
Why is he not on the news? Why are we not interviewing his family?

Remember, 150,000 people die every day - bet you could find several tragic deaths in that number.
Like... say... starvation - is that more tragic than popping some pills and guzzling some booze**? What about death from an elephant stampede? Or how about missing your partners hands on the trapeze? There is tragedy. There is drama.

People... let's put things into perspective -- please.

**This is not intended to be accurate. I don't know how the fellow died. Frankly, I am not really interested in the details.


Hahn at Home said...

Or running out to the fire escape on the 17th floor and finding that there isn't one.

sporksforall said...

I remember being in Hollywood a few years ago simply trying to walk down the street. There was no way to do it because fans had set up a shrine at the site of DeForrest Kelly's star on the sidewalk. DeForrest Kelly. We need to find meaning in things other than star worship.

Syd said...

Ah, the commonsensical Weese. Nice one.

The trapeze image is going to haunt me though.

~k said...

Nicely written and thank you for putting things in perspective.

SassyFemme said...

Amen and thank you!

otter said...

I am with you on that one!

clammy said...

good points. Although I do wonder why the housekeeper called Mary Kate Olsen 4 times before calling 911!

eb said...
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eb said...

Artists touch people's lives. Do you doubt the transformative nature of your own wife's art on those who have never met her?

I didn't know much about Heath Ledger so his death was a blip to me too. But I can remember what it felt like when John Lennon was killed. I know, Heath Ledger was no John Lennon but it's basically the same thing.

Although, in originally writing this comment I totally mixed up Deforrest Kelly with the guy from F-Troop (they kinda look alike). It makes even more sense that there would be a ton of flowers for Dr. McCoy. Even though he was - Star Trek is a big F'in deal to a lot of people.

Art is powerful, man.

Gunfighter said...

Amen, Weese!

Drowning Pisces said...

another amen!