Originally Posted by Eric_Boyer
a bit unnerving seeing so many people die that aren't much older then me.
Think what it feels like for those of us who are older
than some of the people mentioned.
Many of those mentioned had an impact on our lives, whether we knew it or not. Some of the musicians mentioned created the sound we identified with weren't the headliners, but the people who shaped the sound of the music of our respective generations. Donald Dunn was hardly charismatic, but he was a good Bass player.
Others mentioned are worthy for lvies well spent. The two Astronauts (Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride) were accomplished in their own right becuse of their space exploits, but would have been good role models even without those accomplishments. Armstrong's modesty was a tribute to everybody at NASA.
There are few people on that list who I was not aware of, and the rest made contributions to a lot of lives and deserve a modicum of respect.
Ethiostar, you said it best.
I don't think anyone said that they made a "greater impact" on their lives than their families. Only that they recognize that some of these "celebrities" have made an "impression" on them or that they have, directly or indirectly, benefited from their work/deeds when they were alive.
You seem to have a limited capacity to appreciate all those who positivity contribute to your life in various capacities.
[View Full Quote]I love my family and friends and they have a great impact in my life. My mother is my hero. Period. However, I recognize that my life is enriched by many more people than just them, almost all of whom i will never meet. The soldiers that have died to protect my freedom. Scientists and researchers that have contributed to the advancement of general knowledge, technology, medicine that we all benefit from. Entertainers whose work has enriched my childhood (Sesame Street, Dr. Seuss) and memories with friends and family (family movie nights, songs at weddings, etc...).
There is nothing wrong with recognizing others for what they have added to your life, and society in general.