Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Sad Moment

Here we go again. Another celebrity dying from a prescription drug overdose. This has been going on for years and years, and yet the subtext always seems to be "this is a teachable moment - a lesson to be learned." Somehow that never seems to happen.

Just in the recent past, there have been numerous celebrities who have died in cases where prescription medications played a role. I can personally think of Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, now Whitney Houston. But I'm sure there are more. Weren't all of their untimely deaths teachable moments?

It's the same old song and dance. People think they're invincible. They don't really have a problem. It won't/can't/shouldn't happen to them. They've got things under control.

The bottom line is if you're actually saying the words "I've got things under control," there's already something going on that needs to be controlled. No one who's in a situation that's "under control" is going to learn anything from the death of Whitney Houston. It's not a teachable moment. It's simply a sad moment.

Rest in peace, Whitney Houston.

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