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October 27, 2008

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LarkLady

I don't know that the celebrity status of the person involved makes me feel any more keenly the pain/sorrow/other emotion than if it's anyone else, unless it's someone I know personally. I didn't have a clue who Jennifer Hudson was until I read your blog today, but I hurt when I heard the story on the news... and I don't know that I hurt any more or any less than if it had been Jane Doe. It's a tragic situation, whoever is involved.

Life is fleeting, and sometimes life is cut off far too early. That hurts, whether it's someone we're close to or someone we relate to because we've seen them on TV or someone we've never heard heard of but whose story we get caught up in when we learn of it. Hurting on behalf of someone else is one of the prices we pay for being involved with humanity, and I guess I wouldn't want it any other way.

callieandbatido

I agree with LarkLady that we hurt no matter who the person or family is. Empathy is a powerful emotion and I think we all can't help but think "it could have been me." It is tragic when we hear about someone's life being cut short, anger turning into tragedy, a wrong choice leading to a tragic outcome. Hurting on behalf of someone else is part of being human and as Larklady so perfectly put it, "I wouldn't want it any other way."

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