Hollywood lost a very talented actor today. I was especially anticipating his role as the Joker in The Dark Night.
But, I find it interesting that people make such a fuss about the death of someone who is placed on a pedestal for looking good, when there are 1,000's of children dieing a day from curable diseases in Africa (Or even that we take the time to educate ourselves on the lives of Hollywood celebrities, but not on the sex-trafficking of children!...I'm guilty of this, not sex-trafficking, but of being ignorant. Just thought I would clarify that.)
It's important to be honest with ourselves about why we are feeling compassion.
There is a striking quote in Beyond the Gates (Shooting Dogs) by a reporter. She is wrestling with the compassion she felt for the human suffering she had witnessed in Bosnia, but now in Rwanda, she feels nothing; simply because of the color of their skin. This is brutally honest.
It's important to be honest about how selfish we can be with our compassion, because this is at direct odds with true compassion.
Not that Heath Ledger's life is any less valuable (on the contrary, it is of priceless value!); but I can't help wishing that he would of sent some of the drugs he OD'd on to Africa, and saved a couple hundred lives, instead of wasting one.