I don’t understand why the birth or death of someone famous is more celebrated or more tragic than the same event for an ordinary person. How is it more special? How is it different? How is it more worthy of notice?
Perhaps a new prince has been born in England. Perhaps an actress just died in America. These are front-page items that everybody talks about. But these events don’t affect us in any real way. We will never meet him. We never met her. Your grandchild being born is just as important, and your mother dying is just as sad. But because they are unknown, these events aren’t noticed by anyone else.
I think it minimizes our own milestones when we pay more attention to the goings-on of famous people than those we know personally. Perhaps we need to collectively stop giving attention and energy to people who are famous just because of being famous. So many celebrities aren’t famous because of anything meaningful that they have done. Why do their lives deserve more attention than anyone else’s? It is time for us to redirect our attention.