Life and death and the things people say

Every quote is just something someone said once. Everyone is on equal ground… what makes one person great, another person mean, and another average, and so on? Why do we mourn for people we’ve never met? Is it for their loss, or ours? Why did I cry when I heard about John Candy’s death, and yet felt only a small twinge of regret for not knowing her when I was told that my great-aunt had passed away? Why is it that we mourn death rather than celebrate life?

5 Comments

  • scottobear

    July 12, 2000 at 1:54 pm

    That’s a fine question… I sometimes wonder why folks remember ‘bad’ things or slights more often than ‘good’ things or compliments? Something about human nature, or the way we’re socialised?

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 13, 2000 at 7:49 am

      It’s easier to focus on the bad… and I think it’s less responsibility on a person remember slights against themselves than try to live up to compliments that we all seem to feel are unwarranted… just a thought or two.

      • scottobear

        July 13, 2000 at 11:09 am

        I can see that. Just like why a heartwarming story in a newspaper doesn’t sell as well as a disaster story. more sensational, and hits us in a different place.

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          July 13, 2000 at 3:24 pm

          And that’s why I don’t read the newspaper…

          • scottobear

            July 13, 2000 at 4:11 pm

            Same here… besides being all inky-yuck. (I do however read daily news on Yahoo… a pretty decent distro of information.)