For what it's worth, I think when we quit caring about the deaths of others - no matter what the cause - we lose a bit if our humanity. If I am moved by the death of this man it is because his story, his work, his life in some way touched me.
I shared this article because it also moved me. Our mutual friend shared it for her own reasons. That connection is meaningful, if small and not significant for anyone but me.
I couldn't agree more - we are all entitled to our opinions and to express them. I have seen lots of comments regarding this particular death, this particular man and the following investigation & have been saddened to see such negativity regarding the loss of a life.
When I said "I think we" I was offering my opinion regarding society as a whole, and not intending to attack anyone in particular. That said, if I offended anyone, it was certainly not my intention. I am a firm proponent of civil discourse, both in person & in social media.
Not that my two cents matters, but just for the record... I agree that it may be sensational of the NYPD to go into a larger scale investigation into the drug dealers in this case. I honestly cannot speak to what level of investigation a similar quantity of drug evidence in a non-celebrity's death would cause. Frankly, I don't care. It is in my nature to try and see the positive spin on things, the bright side of any dark situation. If the death of PSH shines a light on the issues of drug addiction, the relative ease of getting those drugs, the dangers of using them and mental illness as a whole, then perhaps his death serves some greater good.
Much like any one's story that is highlighted by the news & social media, I see each as being representative of a larger picture. Some would call me overly optimistic or naive. I'm ok with that. Just don't tell me my perspective is wrong, it's simply my own.