Does it make me a bad person that I don’t give a furry rats ass about Kobe Bryant? Yes, it’s sad but let’s not forget that he died in a helicopter crash which means he was rich enough to have a helicopter. Richard Cory be damned, he had an awesome life while he was here and, while it’s not exactly what Eldon Tyrell had in mind, the star that shines twice as bright burns for half as long.

Furthermore, I didn’t know the man, personally. The eulogies celebrate his charitable contributions and, while I don’t mean to belittle his achievements, it’s easy to be a philanthropist when paid a galumptious salary. But I feel no personal hurt or loss; I did not follow the sport. I feel sadness for any death but is it conscionable that we feel sadness for this particular life yet many die with no recognition?