Patrick Swazye, RIP

Ah, it's been a sad few days. Two days ago, Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug - who some say is the most important man of the twentieth century (his discoveries led to much improved crop yields, thus saving a lot of the world's population) - died at the age of 95.

More about Borlaug: The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives

Now, Patrick Swayze has died:

Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into moviegoers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. Swayze died in Los Angeles, Wolf said, but declined to give further details.

Granted, Borlaug and Swazye are of different leagues, but both are giants in their respective fields. RIP. (Photo: Alan Light [Flickr])

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@felixthecat, I guess the repercussions I'm talking about are people looking these jerks in the eye and telling them what jerks they are. People like this probably wouldn't be so quick to say the things they say if they had to face criticism from their peers. That and someone slapping them upside their head.
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Pity. RIP Mr. Swayze.
And bullox that he was Bad that he smoked till the end. So what? He had a lethal form of cancer that wouldn't in any way, shape or form have been cured or even delayed if he did not smoke.
Who are we to judge or criticise him for that? That was nobodie's business but his.

Okay, so smoking is bad for your health. No discussion there on my part- I stopped because I wanted my good health back and I got it when I stopped. So that works for me.
Yet I know several people that are by now over 90 y.o. and that are smoking happily since their early teen-years. And I had several close friends that died in their early 30's while never having used any drugs, alcohol or tabacco. But we still had to bury them because of cancer, some brain-disease, some weird dna-defunction and some traffic-accidents.

Point is- You WILL die. That's a fact.
In my mind there is much to say for "Live Fast- Die Young" rather than to live very slow and careful and to die old and completely freaked out because of all the fears that you had of getting sick.
To me- How you live is the main thing- You can live with all the worries in the world to stay healthy and clean and unpolluted. But what life did you have if you -because of all those worries did not get to live happily?
Mr. Swayze had a long faithful marriage that he enjoyed. So had his smoke and he made most of it the way he wanted to live and as long as he could.

Just make the most of it and appreciate life at best as you can- because before you know it you get a bad deal or you just die before you realised what gift life really was.
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