And by "we" - I mean the collective we - when news of celebrity deaths circulate. I am referring to the tragic loss of Phillip Seymour Hoffman - believed to be related to a heroin overdose and the incredulous circumstances that would lead a relatively young man to "choose" ingesting a drug on his priority list above - say - his three very young children. His acting, which if you don't know of it, was spell-binding - clearly influenced by the pathos of his personal life and the brutal toll of addiction in shaping every aspect of one's life - the ultimate acting role. Asking why - like throwing rocks into a still pool - wave after wave and no straight line - no clear answer to lean on. All I can say is with respect to my previous post - had someone offered me an overdose on Saturday I would have ended everything without batting an eyelash...would have jumped at the opportunity to stop the overwhelming pain.
Still, I can't help but feel the rage of yet another loss too soon and the hypocrisy of a drug policy that begets lives for some puritanical idea of abstinence from what numbs. (Budweiser anyone? Cold Coors perhaps?) Enlightened drug policy, medically prescribed and monitored, the only solution.