Creativity: The Drug of Choice (If Only)
The untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman saddened me. Though not an ardent fan, I admired and appreciated Mr. Hoffman’s great talent. A movie with his name in the credits was a draw because even when the film failed to impress me, Philip Seymour Hoffman always did.
One of the worst things about Mr. Hoffman’s death is the method by which he lost his life. Based on news reports, the heroin found in his apartment and the circumstances at the time of his death drew the conclusion of accidental drug overdose. At this writing, an autopsy is pending. Twitter and Facebook posts popped up with comments and questions, one of the most frequent being, “How does someone with everything going for him end up alone with a needle in his arm?”
How, indeed? But Mr. Hoffman is not alone. The website Drugs.com offers a macabre table that “outlines the death of notable celebrities and athletes who have had drugs or alcohol implicated in their deaths.” This is not touted as a comprehensive list by any means; I counted 65 names. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s name has yet to be added, and we can only hope other names will not soon lengthen the sad list.
There are so many great talents who left us too soon, some through accidental overdose like Mr. Hoffman, and others through suicide or health complications due to drug and alcohol abuse. I don’t stand in judgment. The lives they lived and choices they made belonged to them alone. We each have our own demons to face and a different journey to travel, after all. Still, the world is less bright for their passing and one wonders in what positive ways these creative and talented souls might have further touched us, if only . . . if only.
To paraphrase the great Cecil B. DeMille, what a different world it would be if Creativity was the only drug we could not live without.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.
See you next week for more of the naked truth.