my opinion – RIP Paul Walker
ok, so – Paul Walker died. That sucks, I liked him, he seemed a genuinely nice guy from the info surrounding him/lack thereof in the press.
and i thought he was pretty hot.
but that’s besides the point.
a lot of people on social media are lamenting his death.
and a lot of people are demeaning it b/c you don’t know the name of the latest military member to die in Iraq/Afghanistan/where ever, but you know that Paul Walker is dead and screw you for offering condolences to his family and friends and not the friends and family of the military member.
here’s my view on this.
Paul Walker – was a well known actor.
Joe Sailor is NOT a well known public figure.
his name isn’t all over the place – and i would presume, that’s the way he and his family want it.
as a member of the military – i don’t want my name all over the place… if i were to ever deploy. the people that actually matter – will know if i perish overseas.
and those people will care. and they will offer their condolences… just the same as the friends and family of the latest military person that died.
you’re right – that person’s name isn’t all over the news, and the world’s facebook/twitter feeds.
but – the majority of americans still respect and are thankful for the commitment and ultimate sacrifice that the person made.
they just don’t know that person, and while i understand the majority of people don’t know Paul Walker personally —
they know his name. they may have liked his acting, even if they didn’t – it’s pretty hard to ignore the popularity of the movies he starred in. . .
you can’t belittle people b/c they offer condolences, that’s almost as bad as the Westboro church…
each person is allowed to express their disbelief and sadness over the loss of someone they admired.
it’s not anyone’s fault that they don’t know the name of the lastest soldier/sailor/marine to make the ultimate sacrifice.
So, RIP Paul Walker…
and Roger Rodas — his friend, the driver
Army Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola 11/17/13, who died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol.