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Ged Clarke, the runner who died at Reading was a former colleague of mine and we ran at lunctimes together with a bunch of others for over 5 years. He was one of the founders of our work running club.
We did many races together including adventure races, hashes and the usual 10k and halves.
He was a great guy; I hadn't seen him for over a year as I have left that Company but still kept in touch by emails
He encouraged others to run at lunch time using the twitter account @12pmclub.
He was fit as a fiddle and whilst it is of scant consolation he died doing what he loved doing.
My thoughts are with his family and I will never prevaricate again, life is just too short.
I went for a run in the sun at lunchtime today on my own through the local countryside and my thoughts were of him and the great times we had together with friends and colleagues.
Too true, though I was really thinking of consolation to the family.
Some days life is just too unfair.
In any walks of life its sad to hear of someone passing away for all the persons family and friends , i can only pass on my condolances.
SR yes we are in that queue that the inevitable is going to happen and you dont know when but you have to show abit of compassion what if it was someone close to you in your family , would you just shrug your shoulders and pass off your views then.
JB74 wrote (see)
I can't raise much compassion for a total stranger, someone I had never even heard of, let alone met?
Yes, it's sad for their family and friends, but it doesn't mean anything to most people. And they are dead, and not in need of anything from a bunch of strangers.
Quite heartless really may have been a stranger but was a human being.
Why do people give money to charities like cancer etc you dont know alot of the people but you wouldnt want it to be you.
Also when you see people dying in other countries you thankful it isnt you , same as you can be thankful everytime you come over the finish line and you complete run that you go home alive.
quite heartless of you really, yes you dont know the person or the persons family but you have to have a thought that it wasnt you, or are you not bothered if you die tomorrow .
If I die tomorrow, then so be it.
I'm quite enjoying life, but if that where to happen I wouldn't know much about it anyway. I don't fear death.
People give money to charities for many different reasons: because a particular charity has helped them, or someone they love, in the past and they want to give something back, or cancer charities are looking for a cure, and people feel they might need one one day.
Lets hope all those who don't have much of a caring thought on here, stay happy and healthy & they never have to cry for the loss of a loved one who dies. The person who dies of course doesn't know. Its the people who loved them dearly that are heart broken and strangers can be sad too. Very sad...
The Good Samaritan comes to mind....
I don't see the connection between crying for the loss of someone you love, and not feeling moved by the death of a total stranger.
The good samaritan helped someone who was in need of practical help, which is not the same as feeling sad that someone you've never met has died (and is far more valuable).
Its more the feeling that its not you who collapsed and your loved ones and if you have kids still have you in there life not just the memory.
If you look at life like you do as if you die tomorrow so be it, but with most who love life and possibly like that person would have like to seen there kids grow up then you have to a spare a thought to the family and thought that thankfully your still breathing and loving life and next time you go out to run that you return home.
The Bad Samaritan then. Theres people who 'will' help and DO care for strangers and then theres people who will walk right past and don't give a stuff....I'm glad, there are people in this world who feel something for others.
I didn't say cry over a stranger but no concern of the sufferings of others is another thing !!!
Lets leave it there ....
PiXieLoNgStOcKiNg wrote (see)
The Bad Samaritan then. Theres people who 'will' help and DO care for strangers and then theres people who will walk right past and don't give a stuff
That's my point - helping someone who needs help, caring for a stranger when you can actually do something useful, is valuable.
Expressing sadness at the death of a stranger is no use to anyone, won't make anything better, and the family of the deceased won't know about it anyway.
I'm not saying don't do it if that's how you feel, and it makes you feel better. We're all different.
Jeremy Chapman 3 wrote (see)
"People give money to charities for many different reasons: because a particular charity has helped them, or someone they love, in the past and they want to give something back, or cancer charities are looking for a cure, and people feel they might need one one day." Sorry, I don't get this Wilkie. Lots of people give to charities for many other reasons - and they are often a lot less selfish than the reasons you have listed.
As you have quoted me correctly, you'll have noticed that I said "People give money to charities for many different reasons", which strongly suggests more than two.
It's not meant to be an exhaustive list, just a couple of examples of less altruistic reasons that people give to charity.