I was informed today of a recent suicide. The person who called me said, “I’m in shock, he had everything.” “Why would he do this?” How often have we heard these very words, when someone who is thought to be an icon in the public eye, does something we believe is out of character? The truer question, out of character for whom the icon or the person?
My dear Portuguese grandmother used to say ,”What’s for you is for no one else.” Truer words were never spoken. In this world of Idols, American and otherwise, we spend too much time with the persona. Not enough time with the PERSON! So many of us are looking to sports, entertainment and personal heroes to idolize, we forget to realize they are human. While its okay to appreciate, talent, accomplishments and good works of people. We can’t lose sight that they are still people, struggling to find themselves in the world.
We need to look inward to the God within us, and revere that part of us and that part in others. This way we don’t end up idolizing false gods and being shocked when we find out they were human after all…