The Gut Wrenching Comments About Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

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philip seymour hoffmanI don’t know how many people saw the Huffpost article about addiction not being selfish. But if you haven’t you should read it. If you have read it then, or even if you still haven’t, I want to show you all something. In case anyone was wondering what that article was in response to, it is kind of sickening. The idea that addiction is a choice and that a heroin junkie should die, or deserves to die, or chooses to die is prevalent among society. We are now in the year 2013 and it was 1956 when the AMA first decided that alcoholism and addiction were an illness. In 1991 they backed the idea up even more. And yet, somehow, somewhere there is a person out there who still believes in the idea that addict’s are choosing to throw their lives away. 

I am not going to regurgitate an article much like the Huffpost one, because well, it was so well said that I don’t need to. You can either read it or you can decide not to. What I want to do is shine a light on exactly what kind of lack of empathy the writer was talking about. I also want to shed light on how these comments are not only indicative of what these people think about addiction but also the world. It is indicative of a much bigger problem we face today. Negativity, close mindedness, hate, and misunderstanding. These people, with their closed off minds are not only holding the rest of us back but are trying to bring many of us down.

And I know, it is pointless to focus on the negative. But by realizing what we are really up against as a society, addiction or no addiction, can help us better the future for ourselves and those who will come after us. 

The angry and ignorant are always the loudest. And while I am not saying we should start an argument over every knucklehead who tells us that we deserve what comes to us, WE do need to make our own positive voices a little louder. Maybe not in response to the negativity, but in response to ourselves doing well. We don’t have to argue with these people but we do need to say something. And by something I mean anything that’s louder and more positive than the comments you are about to read.

What I feel the need to say is that addict’s don’t choose this for themselves and actually those addict’s who have recovered are probably better people than the people who left these messages on a Philip Seymour Hoffman article. We are not junkies we are fucking human beings. Get it right:

  • “His selfish actions have left 3 young children fatherless. When will the public as well as the media stop immortalizing this junkie?”
  • “I guess Hoffman won’t be starring in the remake of The Panic In Needle Park.”
  • “Precisely. Or am I missing something here? People who choose to take heroin are asking for trouble. He took heroin. He died. Boo-hoo.”
  • “Grief? Yeah, I’d be aggrieved if – when I was old enough to understand – I realised that my dad loved heroin more than me. If he’d been one of the firemen who died in the World Trade Centres, or – I dunno – jumped into a raging torrent to try and save a stranger from drowning, then I’d take my hat off. But I’m not going to do that for a self-pitying, whiny heroin addict. I don’t care how talented he was.”
  • “Why are we even talking about this guy; people act like he was something special. He killed himself. No one made him take the drugs, it was his choice.”
  • “Except for his notoriety, he’s just another dead dope head.” 
  • “Yet another rich liberal drug user that encourages young people to smoke pot that leads to what happened to him. He deserves what he got.” 
  • “Something tells me if I were a widely praised successful actor and rich and had a family (three kids!)I could resist taking drugs no matter what my personal demons.  Weak-minded spoiled narcissist means his just end.”
  • “It’s called choices and made them on his own… Didn’t care about his kids,,, just himself… so just another “druggie” death and we are suppose to feel sorry and sad over his death… Why because he was an actor???? HIS CHOICE….”
It is a lot worse than we thought. We assume understanding was getting better and its not. The comments like this could go on for ages. So now, what are you going to do? I mean really do. Positivity and spirituality cannot become excuses to sit back and do nothing. And when I say do something, I don’t mean in reaction to this, but to shed light on who addicts really are and to allow your own positive voice to be heard whatever kind of positivity that is?