This isn't exactly a thread-jack; it's an admission which I'm turning into an affirmation so I avoid the same thing in the future.
When I heard about Amy Winehouse's death, as when I heard about Whitney Houston's death, I thought: "So the fuck what? Another druggie crack ho bites the dust." I knew at the time it was uncharitable, but I've since realized something else, which made me stop and take a closer look at what I needed to improve about myself.
It was biased and intolerant of me, things I make the strongest attempts NOT TO BE.
When Cory Montieth was reported dead, I mourned his death for the loss of his talent, its effect on his friends and family and for the loss of his influence on the world. I did the same when Heath Leger died. So, finally, I was faced with the fact that since they were both men, appealing to me for that reason, that I was affected by the loss of them, but that since Winehouse and Houston were women, I discounted them and was, in fact, judgmental and derisive about their challenges.
So this is my affirmation: I will work to shore up this flaw in my personality with each day's passing so that I can be true to my conviction to being tolerant in my actions and life and promoting tolerance in the world and anyone I can influence in it.
I LOVED "REHAB" for it's melodic qualities, and I admit (and think it's OK) that I got a laugh from the lyrics. Goodbye, Amy - your earthly presence is missed.