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Why do the talented die rich, young and full of potential?

Trevin Wax asks a pertinent question and offers a few lessons that we can learn:

Here we go again. Another superstar, one graced with undeniable talent, has spiraled out of control and met a tragic end. Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.

Do you notice a pattern? Whether it’s the bluesy voice of Elvis Presley (dead at 42), silky smooth alto of Karen Carpenter (dead at 32), tortured genius of Kurt Cobain or soulful voice of Amy Winehouse (both dead at 27), the pattern is the same. Amazing talent brings fame and fortune which then swallows up these artists in a whirlpool of sin, addiction, and death.

Whenever we watch these stories unfold, we are inclined to view them all as cautionary tales. Fame and fortune do not bring happiness. They had the world and lost their souls. Don’t set your heart on money or you could end up the same way. 

There is indeed something to be learned from these tragedies and the horrible consequences of sin and idolatry displayed before our eyes.

Excerpt from a longer article. [Continue here]

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One response to “Why do the talented die rich, young and full of potential?

  1. Truthinator February 16, 2012 at 16:42

    Nice article. I think part of the problem with fame & wealth is the loneliness they create. A rich & famous cannot trust that they have a friend in the world since they know deep down that the hangers-on are there because of the wealth & prestige of the person and not the person themselves.

    Ultimately, the problem is sin. Rich folks can overindulge in sin until they kill themselves much more quickly than working folks. Anyway, this is my $0.02…

    Wallace (aka Truthinator.wordpress.com)

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