Do unto others…

Most of the time when someone asks me, “…does that make me a horrible person?” the answer is either no or it’s the joke of “if you have to ask…”

But when a co-worker comes down 2 floors to tell me that Jerry Falwell just died, treating it as such good news, and caps it off with a statement to the effect of, “I haven’t felt this good since Reagan died.” I’m pretty sure the answer is yes, you are.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t like the guy, his beliefs or his politics but even with his 9/11 statements among others, I’m just not comfortable with wishing anyone dead or rejoicing in someone’s death (unless they were specifically out to kill me). Call it karma or whatever, but that’s just a bit much for me.

Of course maybe he’s just ok with being a horrible person, but that’s just not how I roll.

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4 Responses

  1. I too feel conflicted. I certainly didn’t like the man, but I’m always sorry to hear that someone has died.

    While I did wish Falwell would go away for … well, pretty much since I can remember hearing about him … I was hoping it would involve a nice retirement home with a big screen TV so that he could watch Logo and obsess about all the sin he was seeing while his Polynesian pool boy brought him mint juleps.

    In Reagan’s case, it was probably a blessing in disguise, given his condition for many years before his passing, but somehow I don’t think that’s what your coworker meant …

    • Brian says:

      Yep, I’ve wished he would shut up, change his mind, go away, people would stop listening, but that’s where I draw the line.

      It was just a little gruesome, more so because he clearly expected me to agree with him.

  2. Kris says:

    I was just…shocked. Which is weird, because he wasn’t a spring chicken. He was a constant; a constant source of…shock. And now he’s gone.

    I’m not glad, but I’m not exactly crying either.

    BTW, I can picture him coming down to tell you, and that is hilarious.

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