Hard to Ignore, but Still Just a Photograph

by The Discovering Alcoholic on June 4, 2008

Much of the misery caused by inebriants and addicts goes unseen or is passed off as a different problem instead of yet another symptom of our disease.

Slow and painful: It is the stress of a helpless parent, the repercussions of a neglected child, health issues, or the money that is just no longer there.

Quick and deadly: Violence, crime, death and suicide happen every day because of drugs and alcohol yet their cultural acceptance is strong as ever. It takes something truly spectacular to raise the eye of the public. Earlier this week in Mexico, a city official provided this prerequisite when he took the picture above of a drunk driver plowing through a bicycle race… a very powerful image that is hard to ignore.

But for most it’s still just a photograph.

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Sure, I had no less than three alcoholics send me a link to this story. It hits home with us. Part of recovery is accepting and dealing productively with the pain we have visited upon others, especially those we love.

Now the same came be same for those who suffered through this tragedy that left one dead.

The force of the collision sent bicyclists and equipment high into the air and Matamoros newspaper El Mañana described children crying, women shouting for help and men trying to lynch Campos before police arrived to arrest him. ~ Fox News

Unfortunately though, most of the world will look at this image and instead of reflecting upon the misery brought into our lives by drugs and alcohol; they will say, “Wow, what a photograph!”

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