I hope I’m not heartless, but I do struggle when people tell me how sad they are as ‘their 97 year old granny has just died ‘ ( or similar ) .I feel that poor granny had to go sometime, she’d had a good innings and I really hope she had a good death and didn’t suffer .
I think the worst personal case of this was in 2009 when a friend phoned me and apologised that she was a bit weepy today as Elvis had just died . Elvis wasn’t all shook up , but her 89year old Dad’s cat .I don’t think I’ve spoken to her since .
So then why when I hear the last word’s of Opportunity’s last words to NASA were “my battery is low and it’s getting dark.” I felt really sad ?This is a robot for God’s sake – who cares about a robot ( well a lot of people actually ) . So then I think about it and maybe it is because – the words are beautiful , mournful ,honest and in my head I can tragically hear my loved one saying or thinking them .And it makes me very sad .