Ok so only a few hours ago I was shocked to learn that the guitar player of the band Slayer, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at the age of 49 due to liver failure and this situation got me thinking. I am not really the biggest Slayer fan, I enjoy a few of their records but I don't care for them all too much, and yet, I find this news to be extremely disheartening for number of reasons. Apart from the obvious stuff, I began to think about the effects of the death of an individual on other people and the daunting truth of the eternal equalizer.
It is a strange thought that this post that I am now writing will inform at least some of you of the death of an individual who you might not have even known existed. I find this strange simply because this makes me think of all the remarkable souls who will die without me ever have come in contact with them nor even know who they are. It is incredible that society can continue to push forward when we don't even care all too much about all those that pass before us.
This brings me to my next point. Death is the only certain in life and while I am not frightened (or at least don't think I am) of when my time comes, I am most definitely off put by the thought of people I care about going before me. If we were all to die of old age, this would not be that bad of a thought but given that anyone could die at any moment... that is truly disturbing. A friend of mine is a Slayer fan and is heartbroken as he already had plans on seeing them this coming tour. To think that anyone of my favorite artists could also leave this planet without me ever have been able to enjoy a live night of their music is saddening.
I guess the reason I am posting this is to vent some of these feelings which are all the more present because of the various deaths in my family in the past few years that were extremely untimely. I hope to hear what your thoughts are on this type of stuff and am anxious to find out if I am the only one who thinks about this sort of thing in this way. I apologize for not being able to word this better but that is one of the inadequacies of the human language: not being able to properly voice your thoughts 100% of the time.
RIP Jeff Hanneman and thanks for taking the time to read this little glimpse into my head.