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.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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