Re: Interesting, but strange

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Posted by Rich on July 24, 1999 at 03:34:03:

In Reply to: Interesting, but strange posted by Petra on July 23, 1999 at 23:00:21:

Hi Petra & all!

: But then, I have to admit that I didn't understand the public reaction to Princess Diana's death either.

I, too, had a very hard time understanding this preoccupation, but then I have a hard time understanding our public fascination, and ADULATION, of celebrities in general.

However, as far as JFK, Jr. is concerned ... It's hard not too be touched. The little boy, imprinted indelibly into our collective consciousness by the 1963 tragic events, is no more. A short life. Sure, many families suffer unknown (to the general public) tragedies ... Certainly no less important. This, though, perhaps, represents all those unknown tragedies, unwittingly. It make you FEEL. It evokes emotion. I don't know. Sometimes, certain events occur that bring to the forefront emotion & understanding that one can use to better get a feel for all human kind. There are countless historic examples, none of which I'll cite here, but events, that were NOT the worst of their kind, yet had that aura about them that made them more outstanding in the public's mind, and are used today to illustrate the wrongs we are capable of.

And as Champ pointed out ... What a string of tragedy for that family! It's unreal!

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