Tall Poppy syndrome – deaths 2016


A blog post this morning has really irritated me – that’s easily done these days I must admit.  The content and tone of this blog so annoyed me that I was compelled to respond.

View at Medium.com

View at Medium.com

View at Medium.com

This is an interesting article and point of view and in this world of free speech, the writer is entitled to her opinion.  With that right surely there is a responsibility not to cause distress to others. While some who died may have succumbed to substance abuse many have died from natural causes illness and old age. Generalisations such as this do more harm than good.

These people have parents, lovers, partners, friends, and children. Statements of this nature add to the untold pain and heartache of losing a loved one. Why do we have to poke and pry and expose every inch of people’s lives?  Why do feel we have that right simply because they are in the public eye?

They have died, many of them were very talented. Some lost to us too young. Others have died after leading full and rich lives.

Their talented performances have made the world a better place for so many people. We are all richer for their presence among us. Be grateful for their talented legacy and let them rest in peace.

What purpose does it serve to trumpet to the world that X used cocaine?  Focus on the fact that X used this addiction to educate others or that Y gave away millions and saved and improved countless lives in doing so.

Never assume and if you can’t say anything good say nothing. Or conversely, you could look for a good story that has received little or no airplay and focus on that.

A story for example, such as the one about Abdul Sattar Edhi who is sometimes described as Pakistan’s Father Theresa comes to mind, he died in 2016 but received little publicity.

Drug abuse, prescription or otherwise is wrong no one will argue that. Alcohol abuse is wrong, these things will kill you, no argument there.  The final message of the blog is worthwhile, it was the journey to that point that was not necessary, in my opinion. Perhaps the blogger felt the point could not be made without the use of celebrity names. The writer of the blog said she had ‘an unpopular opinion’ and she got that right.

About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing. Master of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Linda has also completed the Diploma of Family History Studies at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is looking forward to further post graduate work. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She now lives in Bass Coast in beautiful Wonthaggi and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur baby Hugo Boss

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