After a weekend of work, I decided to just flip on the TV tonight. I was just letting it be "background noise" as I was busy doing other things. My ears perked up when I heard the name Bruce Jenner, because I do like his history as an Olympic Gold Medalist. I found it interesting that he was hitting the spotlight because of his "controversial comments" about drug addiction and how it's a choice. The program then shifted to others saying how drug addiction is something that people don't chose and there's nothing they can do about it...then the spotlight shifted back to Bruce Jenner saying that it is a choice to take drugs. I understand that the program was simply showing both sides to the argument, and the program wasn't necessarily endorsing one side or the other, yet just showing both sides to the issue.
I was very taken aback to learn that some are now excusing personal accountability in the world of drug use and drug addiction, and shifting that accountability to something other than the very drug users' own personal choice. Were they always addicted to drugs? Doubtful! If they are now, who's accountable for that? The drug user! That IS a choice, and I personally agree with Mr Jenner in his stance! (Although I do not agree with the judgmental remarks that were added, like calling someone "stupid"...) yet I still agree with the fact that we make choices, and we are responsible for those choices that we ourselves make. If we aren't, then who is? I just do not subscribe to any level of mentality that points fingers elsewhere for our own lives. We are where we are, because of the choices that WE, ourselves, have made.
If people have made choices, and are suffering from addictions, then should we have compassion and understanding and assist when and where possible? YES!... and No, I do not profess to know and understand all individuals who suffer from drug addiction and each individual situation...but I do feel that regardless of how you look at at it... Drug use IS a choice.
I also find it interesting how a drug user is praised for CHOOSING to enroll in a rehab program and take corrective measures. That was their choice and society allows them keep and own that choice. But if they don't choose corrective measures, then "it just isn't they're fault" that they're addicted....?? I don't agree with that. "Still a choice" is what Bruce Jenner said... (for which he was being accused of saying something controversial?!?)
Will society continue to excuse ownership and accountability, and shift blame elsewhere for choices that are made? Will we buy into the story that "my own life is not my fault"....?
!! I WON'T !!