The “Wanted, dead or alive” comments will be flying fast & furious about this one. I was not a huge fan of Bon Jovi’s music, but the man did carry himself honorably as a person.
A decent actor, too (though don’t let that cause you to spend $10 on his current “New Year’s Eve”… I hear it’s awful despite some good actors, and as a cheap grab for holiday movie-goers cash, I’m betting it is in fact pretty shallow and bad).
I’m not even sure why I feel called to respond publicly to Jon’s passing. Maybe it’s a “fellow Italian” thing.
Or maybe about striking a balance between “pop culture” and more serious culture, given the passing also this week of three other major cultural influences: North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, Vaclav Havel (playwright & former Czech president), and Christopher Hitchens (foremost international spokesman for atheists and champion of scientific thinking).
It also strikes me as ironic in the face of my post last week about death, Thomas a’ Kempis and his classic book “The Imitation of Christ”. Indeed, we all need reminders now and then that tomorrow is not promised to us (as Thom blathers on about), so we can let that fact lead us to greater spiritual discipline, and appreciation of what is possible or what is good about today.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4)