Cornwall ON – Some of you may notice that we here at the Cornwall Free News don’t like to dwell on the standard disaster news story, but frankly I’m overwhelmed by this weekend’s two busiest stories.
Both involve death; one the massacre in Norway, and the second being the senseless waste of life that was Amy Winehouse.
The Norwegian murdering of children of a Summer camp is much grist for the mill. The conspiracy theorists are fast at work. Alex Jones on one of his video clips stated that he predicted it the day before. The story is fast becoming a cottage industry for the news biz.
We live in a weirdly odd and fastly becoming more frightening world where lives and death are just bits and clips rapidly consumed without empathy or feeling.
Amy Winehouse had a dream. She loved music. She wanted to be on stage. She wanted to sing and be successful. I’m sure she was happy when her albums hit it big. She was unlike millions of other people with a dream. Amy though was successful. Her gift; her talent, fought it’s way through the others and she garnished success after success in her short career.
Why she abused it; tarnished it; and ripped it up to the point of pressing the delete key of her life only she could answer you, and most likely she could never do that?
Drug abuse like most other addictions is very sad, but there are those that get help and get treated. After the loss of her great voice she’ll go to the vault with the other members of the “27” Club; other wastes of talent and life. What’s odd is the Lemming like behaviour of so many in our society. The fact that Amy died at such a young age didn’t surprise most; even her parents. It was part of the performance in a way with people who went to her live shows half hoping she’d show up smashed or ripped.
Well for those fans of car wrecks Ms Winehouse gave her final performance on Saturday. Sadly she’s been emulated not only for her music, but for the addictions and conditions she had in her life. Amy Winehouse was not a hero. She was not heroic. She wasted her gift and talents by consistently making bad choices in her life.
Choices we all have to make in our lives yet for many are becoming harder and more difficult to make. Her life and the oddly filtered messages may end up costing more life than the shootings in Norway this weekend.
I was listening to a radio show this weekend that talked about the break down of our society from the family unit to religion; to culture and the communities we live in. With the internet today we’re just as likely to make friends a thousand miles away than our next door neighbors.
What path are we on and where are we going? What happened to courtesy and caring for each other? What happened to nurturing people instead of cheering them on as they destroy themselves as Amy Winehouse did?
I wish I had some of those answers. I really do.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News