Good Men Doing Nothing

by The Discovering Alcoholic on October 16, 2007

In the 80’s, he was a lone crime fighter armed with a high tech, intelligent car that he used to go into “super pursuit” against the forces of evil. Villains dropped like flies to his conscious stealing round house kicks. In the 90’s, he dragged lifeless victims out of the waves breathing life back into their surf-soaked bodies and became the most recognized man of the decade.

Flash forward to the present and David Hasselhoff is starring in his own Youtube video, breaking the heart of his daughter as he rolls around drunkenly on the floor.

He is the standard by which all of us are judged because of his fame. He has access to the best medical facilities, doctors, and endless leisure time for rehab to help in his recovery efforts. Where the average man has to struggle to make it to an AA meeting after work, hoping that his reputation and job will not suffer from because of his recovery efforts, Hasselhoff squanders his endless resources only to see his stock rise in our perverted pop culture. Whether he likes it or not, David Hasselhoff is the face of alcoholism and his latest breaking news on Lifestyles of the Rich and Inebriated is how he is framed. Not only Hasselhoff, but Lohan, Spears, and Doherty with their revolving door policy through the rehabs of the spoiled and pampered paint a picture of irresponsibility without consequences. This is what the general public uses to formulate their opinions while the disease of addiction slowly kills those with fewer resources. In real life alcoholics pay for their mistakes and dysfunctional lifestyle.

Sir Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” In this case we would be lucky if they only did nothing, but unfortunately they do worse by making it all that much harder for the general public to understand addiction. They could be superstar advocates who champion the public’s awareness of addiction issues, yet instead they are the infamous spoiled brats who make our lives more difficult.

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