After three days of pretty much nothing but GTD, apart from the Wiki-Wednesday greatness, obviously, you’re probably getting a bit sick and tired of this. Apparently this whole gushing, glassy eyed, “I want to have David Allen’s babies” attitude is quite common amongst us new converts, fresh acolytes to the path Getting Things Done. I’m going to leave all that behind and move onto something that I hope is a little bit more of interest to you. From the lack of comments I’ll assume that personal productivity is not particularly high on your agenda.
Moving on today’s post will be all about Heath Ledger. About time, to be fair, it’s a big piece of news and I haven’t spoken about it all week. Largely because I don’t think it needs to be spoken about (yes, I appreciate the irony of me saying that in a post about the very topic I don’t think needs to be spoken about).
What I mean is I think it’s an obvious tragedy, I think many of us feel for his family, losing a 28 year old can never be easy. You can imagine that his parents are going through hell, 28 years old, peak of his life, particularly of his professional career with the Batman movie (pictured, click for an enlarged version) coming up and having done Brokeback. He was in the midst of probably the biggest period of his career.
Of course from a fan’s perspective it’s somewhat unfortunate, he was a very talented actor and you do think the entertainment world has suffered a big loss. His daughter, obviously, will grow up not knowing her father. Naturally you feel for everyone who cared for him, all his friends and everyone to whom he was close.
That’s it though. He’s passed, we didn’t know him, and I’m getting sick and tired of the overreaction every time a celebrity dies. Hearing about Heath Ledger everywhere I go is getting very tiresome very quickly. Yes, it is incredibly sad, obviously, I’ve said as much above, don’t get me wrong, I do feel bad that he’s died, but it’s done.
While I don’t expect his family or friends to bounce up and stop grieving that quickly, it doesn’t effect any of the rest of us on a day-to-day basis. I fail to see why we can’t just leave it behind us, it’s not like we knew him personally. What I don’t understand is why we keep seeing posts on blogs dedicated to him (yes, the irony, I get it, stop being a smartarse!), or Facebook groups or pages popping up everywhere you turn, all with some incredibly tacky title like “Heath Ledger RIP”. I mean, Mary Mother of God!
Leave it alone. Yes, it’s tragic, as it was when River Phoenix died aged just 23, or when Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix both passed at 27, and even Jeff Buckley at 30 (largely as he had only one studio album and the world needs more Buckley). Of course the world is a much worse place for these talented people dying so young.
Worse yet I’ve heard that some Ebay sellers are taking advantage of his death to ramp up the prices on Heath Ledger merchandise which is quite frankly disgusting. It’s very similar to those people who bought domain names and so forth to make a profit out of the Virginia Tech massacre. You do think people who put money before something quite tragic really need to reassess their lives and reassess what’s important to them. I wonder how they’d feel if it were their brother or their son or their best friend and people were taking advantage of that? I don’t think they’d take it so well.
Although I could understand it if we looked back in five years and remembered this death, much in the same way as we tend to look back on River Phoenix or Kurt Cobain but looking back I’m reminded of how few people realised we lost Mother Theresa. I go back to the Diana Concerts and what I said at the time which was we made such a big fuss out of the fact it was the anniversary of her death yet Mother Theresa died in the same year and was forgotten. A woman who history will remember as a truly great human being long after history forgets Diana’s death as the insignificant event it was.
I just think it goes to show that the cult of celebrity has taken over, the idea of true greatness is just to be famous. This is the only explanation for the endless conveyor belt of reality TV shows. It is why the Big Brothers and Survivors and so forth exist, they’re there because the cult of celebrity is what’s al-important. Paris Hilton is a prime example of this, a woman who is famous for nothing other than being famous.
Well, that and a celebrity sex tape, although is it really a “celebrity” sex tape if you weren’t a celebrity when it was made? Being the heiress to a billion dollar fortune does not make you a celebrity, you’d hope that you’d need some degree of talent, and she wasn’t even talented at that (a career as a professional pornstar does not beckon). I don’t want to sound like a cranky old man but I just think the kids of today need to look at how they worship celebrity. What do you think, do we overly idolise celebrities?