Heath Ledger: The shattering of reality

23 01 2008
Heath Ledger

NewsEvery person lives inside of a thin glass bubble we could call our sense of reality. Inside, we hold the things that make up who we are: the people we love most and the memories we have of them. Things happen outside the bubble all the time – people kill, earthquakes occur, rainforests are destroyed – but none of it really shocks us, because it doesn’t affect us and our sense of reality. We are content in knowing that this sense of reality is foolproof, and the bubble is safe from the outside world.

Sometimes we subconsciously let other people into our bubbles: people who write books we love, people who create music that inspires us, people who act in memorable movies. We accept that the books, the music, the movies will always continue coming because, without them, we are not the same. Without the things in our bubbles, we have to alter our expectations, our anticipation, our sense of hope.

I don’t know when or why it happened, but Heath Ledger had entered my impenetrable bubble.

He was not supposed to die.

But now it’s too late; the glass has been shattered. I’ll pick up the pieces just like the last time, because that is what is required of us. We must live with the hope that everything we need and everyone we know will always be there for us, even when we know they won’t, because otherwise we could never be happy and free. Any person who lives with complete recognition of the pain, suffering, and injustice in the world must truly live in Hell.

News Links:
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24 01 2008
Tyler

I admit, the fact that Heath Ledger died was initially surprising. However, in the end it only makes sense. Members of all classes and niches of society are ultimately susceptible to an equal number of pressures. Entertainers are undoubtedly included in on this. The fact that Heath Ledger died should really only shock us as much as any 28 year old man in the obituary section of your local newspaper. One should not let oneself come to conclude that simply because a person is more well-known, their lives should valued above others by society.

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