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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Steve

The whole Steve Irwin thing really freaks me out. And I'm serious. I don't just mean...is like...interesting news. It actually gives me a yucky feeling in my tummy.
I mean, that guy was invincible. That's why he got so famous, is because he typified every human's desire to be strong and fearless, so people enjoyed watching him. He had a huge responsibility as a celebrity of one of the highest sort. We trusted him not to go and die on us. I know that sounds retarded, but it's exactly why it disturbs the world that he's dead. It's like everybody finally has to admit that no one can play with nature. No one is strong enough to tempt the Queen. And all this time we had these timid hopes.
Cause like, in the beginning, everyone watches him out of morbid curiosity. Driven fear. And you're thinking, "What an idiot, what an idiot! Get out of there!" Of course he never listens to your thumping heart and he continues to go everywhere that he shouldn't be.
And then he starts to grow on you. He's a hero for the kind of people who die in their livingroom and aren't found until weeks later when the postman "detects a smell". Because he was what everyone wants to be--insane. Everyone called him insane. Everyone wants to be insane.
You learn to rely on him for your hope of humanity. Hope is something humanity has very little of, so the little that we have is very important. We're all shocked that a crocodile-riding aussie has been awarded so much of our hope--because we didn't know how much hope we had placed in him until he died.
Somehow, it's the most bitter feeling, because it took a while for everyone to trust him at first. First he was crazy, and then he became a diety. First he was stupid, and then he was valiant. First he was dangerous, and then he became courageous. And just when he finished convincing us that he was what we all wanted to be...
He like...died and stuff.
Anyway, the interesting thing is how the minds of humans work. Like, how we always need to throw our aspirations on other people because we don't have the courage ourselves. It's really odd how so many people feel so let down by Steve Irwin because he died. It's not like he had a choice. If anything, he was driven to his death because we all wanted to see him to crazy things, to watch him dance his insane dance for us.
So that's like, the legacy of Steve: the man who tried to be immortal but couldn't quite. The man who tempted God. OH, like the Titanic...that...sunk.
This post has no real point, does it.

Cheers, oh lurking creature of the sea. The crocs give thanks.

17 comments:

Anonymous Nina said...

Oh yes, it does hv a point! "Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?" It was bound to happen.

I personally never got to the point were I stopped thinking, "What an idiot, what an idiot! Get out of there!" but it did sort of give me a thrill to watch him anyway. Basically I just trusted that if it was aired on TV, it must've worked out alright, b/c surely they wouldn't show real footage of a guy being killed by some fierce creature on a show for kids.

But on thinking about it, a great deal of that show was really sending kids the wrong message. For all he kept reiterating that he has "a tremendous respect for these animals," u wouldn't hv known it by the stuff he did around them!

Maybe ppl in their mid-teens & older wld watch that & be impressed by his insaneness, yet still hv the sense not to risk their own lives for a thrill, but what about impressionable little kids watching that TV screen? I wonder if it wouldn't make them lose respect for dangerous creatures & just go playing around near them or even w/ them, b/c they think, "Oh, I know how to handle this kind of animal -- I saw it on 'The Crocodile Hunter!'"

No one is invincible. "Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not." As bad as I feel for his family, I'm sure he & his wife knew the risks they were taking, & were prepared to face this; it was the rest of the world that deified him as immortal, & thus wasn't prepared when he died.

9/10/2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger crazynik said...

I'm not one for a lot of words today....but that was a good post Flo

9/11/2006 1:11 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I didn't like him at all, until he died. I didn't understand the fun of watching a guy with short shorts hug crocodiles. But he was just so enthusuastic and it was clear he loved what he did.

9/11/2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger Chacha said...

I feel so sorry for the guy!! aww..
never thought he would die by the things that he lived to work with! an animal!..

kawaiie so..

9/11/2006 11:10 AM  
Anonymous aiko said...

LISA? You didn't like him? Shame on you! His movie was hilarious!

9/11/2006 2:43 PM  
Blogger Pon said...

I feel a sense of loss sudenly it never should have happened, but then again it was bound to happen one day

9/11/2006 10:58 PM  
Anonymous T.P.S. said...

awwwwwww!
I was ACTUALLY hoping the lots and lots of words were about the Steve we all like reading about.
shucks.

9/12/2006 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Sun said...

That WAS a good post, Flo. Nice to see you're more or less back on the wagon or intelligent thought. Interesting to hear you put it into words, and even more interesting that you knew that much about the guy. Oh, and THANK YOU for NOT posting a "Steve Irwin speaks from the grave". I don't think I could have borne it.

Then, you never have been one of the mindless morass. Good thing, that.

Misses and kisses,

9/12/2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

wow sun. not at all a biting comment! not at all!
miss you too.

9/12/2006 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats the matter with u guys?
he relocated the crocs to a safe place so the wouldn't get shot down.

9/14/2006 9:58 PM  
Blogger Neo said...

I don't know, its not really a funny thing what happened. The guy has a wife and two little kids, i feel soory for them. And besides, Steve was and is the ONLY interesting person to see when your little brother watches "animal planet". and his movie was quite comical in my opinion.

9/16/2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

wow neo, it almost sounds like you're disagreeing with someone. i don't think it's so funny either.

9/16/2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger Neo said...

Well... I don't like to offend people, especially when they sing lovely songs like "Alive Again"

9/18/2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

...huh?

9/19/2006 1:33 PM  
Anonymous HILARY BLUFF said...

huh? he wasnt trying to "play with nature" or show off as "fearless" or "invincible". he was just a guy who liked animals a lot and wasnt too afraid to show it.
people watched him becuz he was a cute funny australian.
AND BY GOD! HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE DEAD!!

9/20/2006 6:58 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

Aha
Grave misunderstanding.
I didn't say he was trying to show off as "fearless" or "invincible"...I was saying that by humans' puny perception, that's what excited us about him and made him so famous, is that WE perceived him to be "fearless" and "invincible". I can imagine he was just a fun-loving aussie trying to make money off of his love for animals. Nothing wrong with that.
Lots of respect for mister Steve...I wasn't trying to write an epitaph, I was commenting on the interesting issue of the way lots of people viewed him...er...subconciously. So it's not like...my well-rounded opinion of him or his life.

9/20/2006 11:32 PM  
Blogger Romeo/Francis said...

uh whatever..............

FRanCIs

10/06/2006 6:10 AM  

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