I just read about the untimely death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and I have a lot to say. He was a brilliant actor, who portrayed every character with so much conviction, that to this day, I still don’t know whether or not he was guilty, in the movie Doubt, that he was in with Meryl Streep. But his death, and what led up to it, is a direct roadmap to the funeral home. I’m going to put it out there, and you decide for yourself.
This is so simple that anybody can follow along. Pot is made and sold by criminals. In fact, all drugs that aren’t approved by the FDA are made and sold by criminals. As a non-addict, ask yourself, “Would I trust a criminal with my life”? And come on, we’ve all seen those AT&T ads with the guy, sitting on the floor, asking a group of adorable little kids simple questions, right? He breaks it down quite literally - bigger is better, right? More is better than less, yes? Getting what you want now is better than later, right? Which leads us directly to an addict’s way of thinking. If one drug is okay, then all drugs are okay, right? Do you know what happens when one drug leads to other drugs? You actually harm the decision-making side of your brain. After all, why would an intelligent, successful and talented actor, buy heroin off the street, from a slime ball drug dealer? Phillip Seymour Hoffman isn’t the only one who fell into this way of thinking. Let’s look at the short list: Corey Monteith, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Whitey Houtson, Corey Haim, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, Marilyn Monroe, River Phoenix, Dana Plato, Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, and my favorite, Michael Jackson. It makes you wonder, how twisted are we?
I don’t know the exact details because I didn’t personally know Mr. Hoffman, but I’m pretty sure that is how he began. He obviously graduated to more potent drugs and the acceptance of a false reality and narrative, which is that if a little, is okay, then a lot must be great. Reports have said that they found 50 or more bags of heroin in his apartment as well as prescription drugs. Here’s the flawed thinking of an addict: If I find a seller, he must be okay. If I used heroin in the past with no effect, this time will be okay too. If smoking pot is okay, then heroin is okay. Even though others have died from drug overdoses, I know that I will be okay.
While it’s sad that Phillip Seymour Hoffman died on the floor of his apartment with a heroin needle sticking out of his left arm, I don’t want to glorify his life to my children. I want them to know that he was wrong, and the premise that doing drugs is wrong, and believing that you “know your dealer” is wrong, and now he’s dead. No matter how much the media portrays his “Hollywood” lifestyle, there’s nothing glamorous about his death.
I read a recent Miley Cyrus interview she did with Cosmopolitan magazine, and she said, "I love weed... I just love getting stoned." That’s great Miley, excellent role model for young girls? Let’s not forget last month when she actually lit up on stage and was smoking pot, at the MTV Europe Music Awards after accepting the award for Best Video.
Her explanation, "I was just walking out of my room and then I was like 'Oh I have this joint in my bag, that will be really funny". Would she still find it funny if they find some young girl dead in her bathroom of a drug overdose because she listened to her role model? I don’t know about you, but I want to avoid this road map to the funeral home at all costs.
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