This is turning into a tragic weekend when it comes to world events. The horrendous murders by what appears to be a pyschopath in Norway are certainly an act of evil that can't be denied. His deranged acts are almost beyond comprehension in the scope of the tragedy for the children and all of those injured. Unfortunately the politicizing about what happened in the hours and the news gathering around the events continue to prove that we like to fire from the hip in the same way these derganged madmen fire at their victims.
This afternoon word is richoceting around the Internet about singer Amy Winehouse's premature death. Lots of folks are calling this a tragedy, and of course it is, however probably a predictable one. Sadly the story is one told too often with troubled artists (who get the publicity) and troubled everyday young people (who don't get the PR.) Apparently Winehouse is joining what is called the 27 Club of popular musicians who died at that age. I guess the list includes Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison, and Cobain. I was a big fan of Joplin, Hendrix, and Morrison. Winehouse and Cobain had no interest for me. As tragic as any young person's too early death is, isn't it also equally tragic that they are surrounded with a close circle of acolytes who keep reinforcing or enabling destructive behavior? I'm not sure what it is called when you participate in the destructive behavior of those who you depend on, knowing that a fatal move will end what you know of your own life as well. I do know that it happens far too often.
Of course that happens in all walks of life. Witness politics as an example. Witness the charade or farce or well, let's just call it bull shit that's going on in Washington right now. Also witness the followers of all sides (there are more than two here) cheering on their champions. We're all going to lose in whatever deal comes out. Unlike the followers of Winehouse and the families of the Norweigian victims, we won't be going to a funeral to try and find closure (and in the case of Winehouse's followers absolve themselves of any guillt), with the tragedy. In the polticians' cases they'll continue to bamboozle as they all try to claim victory in that age old dance. But their followers are going to be the ones left standing around asking who turned off the music.