Thursday, February 2, 2012

I don't get it

Don Cornelius, the host of Soul Train for a gazillion years, took his own life Tuesday.  I don't understand suicide.  Despite how bad it could ever be, why would anyone choose to end this gift? Life is so short. Maybe, and I mean maybe, if you are terminal I can possibly see it. If your wife leaves you, if you're bankrupt, if your best girl starts sleeping with someone else...none are good enough to end it all.

I shoot for a great pool team. They are awesome men.  I used to shoot against them, they were always my favorite team to shoot against. I shoot for them because their team captain, a man I knew and considered a friend, took his own life. I still can't grasp as to why.

I work with a man whose brother killed himself a few years ago and he has never been the same. He doesn't laugh as much.

A couple of weeks ago, I sent a bunch of videos of The Spinners to Ralph and Delmer (I spared you, my beloved followers, you're welcome) a couple were from Soul Train.

I guess I could kill myself under extreme duress. Maybe a bunch of Islamo Fascists were going to take me hostage and cut off my own head. Something like that. Otherwise, not matter what happens, there is no way I would.

 Here's a Don Cornelius tribute. "Peace and Soul." RIP



Here are The Spinners on Soul Train singing "I'll be around".  Like Sister told me when Rod died, "it's a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

 I have no labels for this. And I don't want any.




19 comments:

Pam said...

I totally loved Soul Train when I was growing up. This Spinners song is classic, and look at their style. Classic classic stuff. I don't understand why he took his own life, either. Although, I think once a certain type of person has tasted great success, the gloom of never achieving it again is hard to overcome.

Buzz Kill said...

I hear you on the suicide. As hard as it is to believe, some people just get tired of life. I think Don Cornelius had some terminal health issues that maybe he just had enough of. I can't understand using a gun though. It is such a mess and really puts a lot of burden on the family. There are plenty of drugs out there to do the job and leave a good-looking corpse.

troll said...

I'd never heard of this guy until he shot himself. If he was terminally ill and in severe pain, I guess I do understand it. I know he was pretty old.

The only person I know who committed suicide did so at 19 when he was kicked out of the Marine Corps. They actually gave him a General rather than dishonorable discharge but I guess it was the straw that broke the camel's back.

That was very sad. 19.

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moi said...

Terrible, horrible. I'm one of those grabby people who want to live forever, but who am I to judge another person's pain? I hope he's at peace.

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