I have seen many people out there who are caught up in the mindset of criticism when it comes to grieving celebrities in our lives such as actors, writers, or musicians while we don’t grieve for every soldier who passes.
The irony here is that many of those people who do the criticizing are artists of some sort themselves. They strive for excellence in their lives, they desire to reach out and touch people through their work and/or their art. To be critical of the public mourning of the passing of another artist is the perfect example of hypocrisy.
My question to those people is this: Why should I, or anyone else! -give credence to your art, to your desire to touch the lives of others, when you yourself would exclude and dismiss others who have done so? Those artists are people who we invite into our lives, into our living rooms, and we give them our undivided attention for however long they are there. They touch our lives, even our souls, in ways that most people cannot.
And I would also question: Why are those who spew their condescending and vitriolic criticism so condescending in their attitude to assume that we do not grieve for our fallen defenders of liberty. Who are you to judge that because I mourn the passing of a celebrity, that I don’t mourn our soldiers “correctly” because it doesn’t meet your approval?
A soldier dies a soldier’s death and is mourned as a soldier serves, with a solemn sense of duty and respectful privacy. A celebrity is mourned as a celebrity lives; in public, by the public whose lives that celebrity has touched in a directly personal way.