I am a little bit nervous about writing this article because I genuinely do not what to offend anyone. I am also the last person to tell you what to do or think, this is my own thoughts over recent days. I was sad to hear of the death of David Bowie, although I wouldn’t describe myself as a fan, I like some of his stuff and acknowledge he was a musical genius. I did become a little uncomfortable about some of the things I was seeing on social media. I understand when the news broke people posting news articles about, but still the same article hours later, and like me the posters must have their news feed clogged by it. It’s not there to inform people anymore as every finds these things out very quickly. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see how continually posting the same news article helps in anyway. I do get the post about how much they will miss his music.
The death of Alan Rickman was even more sad for me because as you probably all know I’m a massive Harry Potter fan and in the films Alan Rickman has been one of my favourites. I got a text from a friend asking me how I was holding up, which I thought odd then the following day a work college was very concerned to see how I was. Both of which was very kind but a little hard for me to understand. I didn’t know him; I’ve never met him. I did love his acting and I feel for his loved ones, as I would with any death however it’s not going to impact on my life or make me become depressed out of it. I find peoples overly emotional response to the death of someone they haven’t met a little hard to fathom.
Hopefully by now anyone who is cross by my article has stopped reading because I’m going to mention a death that might get my flat fire bombed… Diana, there I’ve said it. Again please don’t misunderstand me it was sad a young mother died before her time, particularly for her children. She supported some worthy causes and undoubted did some good work. But here’s where I get in trouble, she wasn’t a saint, she had a pampered and privileged live style and did what a lot of people in her position do to fill her time, which is good works. She shamelessly courted publicity in the media war with her husband. Her death did not warrant the reaction to it. In my view it was totally over the top with people openly weeping for someone they didn’t know or had any real connection with. At the risk of sounding like a socialist (I’m not) it’s a shame people don’t show the same outrage and grief for unnecessary deaths for people dying from starvation, lack of clean water or basic medical health.
After showing this to my wife she thinks I should allow for people who use events like this express their own personal grief, they may be crying over Alan Rickman but it’s really because of a death of a loved one a year ago. Which is a valid point, and not just because my wife sometimes reads my posts!
Well there it is I will probably regret writing this I hope I haven’t offended you and please feel free to disagree with me in the comments.