When you hear about someone's death, specifically someone who is not a close immediate relation/friend, are you immediately sympathetic or do you reserve the emotion for people you actually knew? I don't mean expressing sympathy out of politeness. Do you actually feel anything or do you just go through the motions to be nice?
(I do have a reason for asking this, but not about any CM drama, someone I know IRL)
It depends on the situation. If it is someone who is a detriment to society (like a criminal) then I think "good riddance!" If it is a well know (and liked) celebrity then I feel a sense of loss. If it is a tragic loss then I feel sadness. The degree of sadness usually depends on how much I empathise with the situation. For instance when little Jamie Bulger (sp?) was killed by those two boys, I cried my heart out. I'll never forget it! I was watching the news while feeding my first daughter who was only two months old (it was Valentine's day) when the story first broke. I cried for that poor child and I cried for his parents.
Answer by beeky at 12:04 PM on Aug. 11, 2009
I feel a brief fleeting feeling of sadness out of empathy for the loss of a human life. I feel it very much for children. With children I associate the loss as something so horrific that I don't want to feel in my own life that I feel more for the parents. I teach so I have had to deal with this, sadly, a few times. I don't feel as sad for older people who pass because I can see that they had a wonderful family who loved them, but I realize they (those who lost a loved one) grieve. With celebrities I do feel sadness, but then wonder [like with MJ] how so many have time to mob his home, the hospital and such. What about their "real" lives and responsibilities. Hope this helps you.
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Answer by jewjewbee at 8:33 AM on Aug. 11, 2009
No... Right now my Great Uncle has brain cancer. And while it breaks my heart that he is sick, and that he is going to die from it... I love my uncle. BUT, I love him enough to understand that I would rather see him pass and be at peace rather than be here and be in pain... I will miss him and I will grieve... But I will be happy that he is no longer suffering, that he is not in pain and that I know he is in a place of peace...
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:07 AM on Aug. 11, 2009
not at all. alot of the time i dont care about the people close to me dying either. the only people i really care about are my parents, kid(s), brothers,husband and grandparents.
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