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Old 12-05-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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The same thing happened when Mother Teresa and Princess Diana died at about the same time.
We are a lowbrow culture. That is reflected in our chosen heroes and accomplishments, sad to say.
I remember. Princess Diana got more press than Mother Teresa, at least that is what I felt. I heard about Diana days after, but never heard of Mother Teresa ever again. Diana did humanitarian things as well. However, one thing I've noticed is that the young and rich are mourned for more than those who aren't.

I don't know if it's so much "we're lowbrow" so much as it is celebrity status seems to sell.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:59 PM
 
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I remember. Princess Diana got more press than Mother Teresa, at least that is what I felt. I heard about Diana days after, but never heard of Mother Teresa ever again. Diana did humanitarian things as well. However, one thing I've noticed is that the young and rich are mourned for more than those who aren't.

I don't know if it's so much "we're lowbrow" so much as it is celebrity status seems to sell
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I think one and the same. If you're "lowbrow" you will hold celebrities in higher esteem than people who have struggled and achieved and suffered for what they believe. In fact, that could be a handy litmus test.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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There are those who accomplish celebrity while having no other particular quality to point to. And there are those whose celebrity is not accomplished at all, but rather proceeds directly and without effort from some other quality that they bring to the table.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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I remember. Princess Diana got more press than Mother Teresa, at least that is what I felt. I heard about Diana days after, but never heard of Mother Teresa ever again. Diana did humanitarian things as well. However, one thing I've noticed is that the young and rich are mourned for more than those who aren't.

I don't know if it's so much "we're lowbrow" so much as it is celebrity status seems to sell.
Oh, I think "lowbrow" is quite accurate. I had to look up Paul Walker to see who he was only to discover he was a mere actor. For those of us who are old enough to remember apartheid and Mandela's imprisonment, he was so much more than some Hollywood creation.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Oh, I think "lowbrow" is quite accurate. I had to look up Paul Walker to see who he was only to discover he was a mere actor. For those of us who are old enough to remember apartheid and Mandela's imprisonment, he was so much more than some Hollywood creation.
I also had to look up Paul Walker. Not to minimize his life or death (or his friend who was driving, who most people seem to be ignoring) - he seemed like a nice Hollywood actor.

But Mandela had a profound effect on entire continents. He was single-minded in his goal. He changed the course of history. He was imprisoned for almost three decades, was president, won a Nobel prize....now THAT is a life worth remembering.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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God bless Mr. Mandela.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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Mandela had a profound effect on entire continents. He was single-minded in his goal. He changed the course of history. He was imprisoned for almost three decades, was president, won a Nobel prize....now THAT is a life worth remembering.

^^^^ Absolutely.

Mandela was larger than life. He is an inspiration for people throughout the world.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:12 PM
 
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Mandela was a terrorist, racist and the ONLY sad part of his passing is that he did not die with a burning tire around his neck as he did to so many others. May he rot in the pit of hell painfully and forever. Do your own research rather than letting public school and "mainstream" media do your thinking for you.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:24 PM
 
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Mandela was a terrorist, racist and the ONLY sad part of his passing is that he did not die with a burning tire around his neck as he did to so many others. May he rot in the pit of hell painfully and forever. Do your own research rather than letting public school and "mainstream" media do your thinking for you.
This is sarcasm.....I hope?

How was he racist btw?
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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"Resentment is like drinking poison, and hoping it will kill your enemy." -- Nelson Mandela
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