X is a tragedy. X is a revolutionary event that is such a big deal.
X = Anytime somebody famous dies or something of relatively minor happens.
Our society is such a self important cultural vacuum these days that most people tend to overemphasize the importance of relatively minor events. Whitney Houston’s death yesterday is a great example. What was the reaction…
Blah Blah Blah this is such a tragedy
No it is not a tragedy she was not that important and made lifestyle choices that contributed to her untimely demise. Many other falsely labelled tragedies fit this same bill. The social media generation loves to comment on events like these and label them tragedies that way they are living in important times and can wax poetic about important things.
What is the right reaction to something like Whitney Houston’s (or random celebrity’s) death?
Use it as a teaching moment for the youth that choices have consequences and bad ones have disastrous consequences. Don’t confuse kids by creating false idols from fallen people who have made poor choices. Instead let them know that involvement in drugs, poor choice in partners, and a self destructive lifestyle are a path to misery and ruin. Next time you hear someone deifying people that have made self destructive poor choices be bold and call a spade a spade.