Thoughts on Celebrity Deaths

by Goldie on June 25, 2009

in Society and Culture

Or…when 140 characters are not enough. (This is in part the more than 140 character response to a friend’s tweet.)

I have been watching the reactions of people to today’s news of Michael Jackson’s and Farrah Fawcett’s deaths. Many people were touched by these deaths and posted about memories, and many posted about their feeling of loss. I know that today certainly had a somber feel to me. Significant icons of my youth were now gone from the world.

Sometimes the loss of a celebrity, especially a mega star seems so significant because they are so much ‘bigger than life”. Whatever they have done in their lives – because of their visibility – they have touched and impacted billions of people. It can make our actions seem much smaller.

However, with death the message comes that that person’s time to create and do in this world is over for this lifetime. What they have done stands as a record and all that can go forward from now is what we do in response to their life, and their death. To borrow a phrase, life is left to the living.

It may seem like our actions are small compared to the loss – but our actions are larger than we think. Even if we never become mega-celebrities our actions transform the lives around us, and in turn those lives we’ve touched touch others. Ultimately we touch billions of people.

With each loss we feel pain but we can, and should, use the loss to remind us of how we have been inspired by those who have died and act on that inspiration to inspire those around you.

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Kev June 26, 2009 at 4:18 am

I like this. Gabs like this should be read by more people!

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