Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
Mr. Hoffman was a wrestler in high school which I can relate to since I've been involved with the sport all my life.
I had an acting gig in HS and was really nervous but ended up doing well.
It helped prepare me for being a teacher, though I was nervous to start every new year, trying to make a good impression.
I'm not defending his use of heroin by any means, though prescription drugs are certainly a gateway here.
I think the greater problem here is the prescription drugs, and how they're felt to "help" the actor focus and get through the perceived pressure .
Chemists Have Solutions .
I almost entirely agree with this, actually.But drug addicts have a near limitless ability to self delude.I don't buy that. I've known drug addicts as well and nearly all of them wished they could quit. I can't actually recall a single one who deluded himself on his supposed strength. They were all well aware of their weakness and wished they could stop.Most of them would never be a drug addict if they didn't have that skill. You can show the Hoffman's of the world the horrible, time-tested end result of heroin use, which are no secret to anyone at this point, and the Hoffman's of the world will still shoot it in their veins because they believe they aren't weak like all those other people.
Again, as a teenager of the 60's/70's, I choose to "understand" his use, but not defend it.
It's one of the few things I can say to sooth my former parents who have lost a child the same way.
As I mentioned yesterday, this will be a teaching/learning moment for me, in his memory .
Chemists Have Solutions .
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