I'm probably going to catch hate-mail for this one.
Are people really so saddened by his death? All these tributes and RIP's and things--how many of these people said his name or even thought about him once in the last year? I mean, I loved Mork and Mindy as much as the next guy, but so much of reading today seems over the top.
I've always wondered this, wondered if I were somehow the only person missing this mass-empathy gene, when the morning radio talk show hosts started discussing the same thing. For the first time I realized I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Of course I'm not saying we should celebrate his death or anything, but all this wailing and gnashing of teeth? Readers of this blog know I'm a Star Trek fan, and when Shatner goes, I'm sure I'll think something like, "There goes the Captain. That sucks." And that'll be the end of it. When Queen Elizabeth goes, it will probably slightly bum me out for a few hours. I'll be sad watching her family mourn at her funeral. And that'll be it.
And those are two people about whom I've thought and talked a lot about in life.
I don't understand all this garment-rending. It's not that I'm insensitive (I don't think!) but I just don't understand how anyone could get that worked up over a person with whom they have no immediate connection.