Much like David Bowie, Prince’s death this week has seen an outpouring of emotional tributes from all over the world. News broadcasts have been dominated by even the tiniest of details of the story, while social media has been saturated with personal tributes to the performer.
While I have full sympathies for Prince’s family and death is always a sad occasion, I will not be posting a message of sorrow. Having said that, I don’t begrudge those that have. We all respond to death in a different way and I’m not so arrogant to think that my way is the only way that is valid.
I didn’t know the man. We weren’t friends and I don’t know anything about him as a real person. If anything I was a customer or consumer of his, but there was no personal relationship between us.
For my part, I’m a lot more saddened by the nearly 700 people that died in the earthquake in Ecuador or the 100 odd deaths from a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan- both in the same week that Prince died. Now none of these victims were personally known to me and I assume none had had the chance to achieve the same fame and fortune as Prince, but this makes their deaths no less sad. Arguably the fact that so many die without ever having the chance to experience personal success (not necessarily global fame, just the satisfaction of finding meaningful success at a personal level) as Prince makes their deaths sadder still.
Vale Prince. By all means, let the world mourn you, but hopefully they will spare some of their sorrow for other tragedies happening at the same time.