Lost Battles?

Cautionary tale. Though the BBC will not tell you.


Some facts:

If one throws himself under a train he has not “lost his battle against the train”. He simply chose to throw himself under it.

If one throws himself out of a seventh-floor window he has not “lost his battle against the pavement”. He simply chose to smash himself into it.

If one shoots himself in the head he has not “lost his battle against the bullet”. He chose to plant the bullet exactly where the bullet went.

It is, therefore, rather singular that when Philip Seymour Hoffman dies of the overdose he injected himself, the PC media should report that he has “lost his battle against heroin” as if heroin were something happening to one, and as if he had died of, say, cancer. Heroin just doesn't happen, nor have I ever heard of people injecting cancer into themselves, and being told of having “lost their battle” when they die of it.

Still, in today's oh so tolerant society Seymour Hoffman – a great actor, by the way, whose acting qualities I greatly admired – can die of 100% self-inflicted and self-injected heroin overdose without any major outlet daring to say half a word about the fact of life that this is just what is not unlikely to happen to people stupid enough to drug themselves. Heck, the BBC is even very timid in saying openly he died of overdose. Police found heroin near him. Nincompoops.

This timidity or tolerance in turn gives to drug addiction a character of normality – or, in the case of a famous actor, even “coolness” of sort among the slow of intellect – that will all but cause other people, equally slow of intellect, to drug themselves and die of their own stupidity.

Nor should you hold your breath waiting for Catholic prelates – say, an Archbishop – pointing out that taking drugs is most certainly a grave matter, and it is difficult to imagine one would inject himself into an addition without deliberate intent to, well, drug himself. I am not the one to judge about the internal forum of the man as he was injecting his deadly dose – erm, sorry: losing his battle -, but I very much fear what a good confessor would say of the probable destiny of the man who put himself in such a state as to come to that point. The good and merciful God knows everything, sees in every soul and know how to judge every such situation with perfect mercy and justice; and Seymour Hoffman at this point knows his destiny, too. I wish him from heart he saved his ass, but don't ask me to bet my pint on it. Still, one point must be clear:

Seymour Hoffman did not lose any battle.

He drugged himself to death.

Say a prayer for him, poor man, in the hope he did manage to avoid the worst. But please, whenever you speak of the man in your circle of acquaintance, consider making some reflections akin to the ones above. Every little helps, and the culture of understanding for absolutely everything under the sun will only end when people stop having understanding for absolutely everything under the sun.

Try, then, to make, if the occasion arises, some observations like these ones. It's fair to say Heaven will reward you for the accusations of bigotry, intolerance, hypocrisy – everyone takes drugs nowadays, don't ya know – and general moralism that are very likely to follow.



Posted on February 3, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Heroine: a mythological or legendary woman having the qualities of a hero

    Heroin: an opioid analgesic

    I too found Mr. Seymour Hoffman a wonderful actor and pray that God have mercy on his eternal soul.

  2. Wouldn’t have occurred to me; I’ve heard the phrase often enough. Very good point.

  3. Speaking of stupidity, the latest PC controversy: Fresco depicts communists in hell.
    One would think that it would be a good thing. Both for the people and the communists.

  4. Should all good Christians put great emphasis on the difference between people who died from alcoholism during Prohibition, and people who died from alcoholism before Prohibition? The reporting of Mr. Hoffman’s death shows disregard for mere human laws, and leaves the door open for a focus on God’s laws. What if Mr. Hoffman had died from a heart attack resulting from many years of eating too much saturated fat, too much meat, too much sugar, and not enough whole grains, vegetables, or fiber? In that case, journalists who represent the point of view of hippie culture might have said, “It’s unfortunate, but he killed himself” and this is an implicit recognition that the body is the temple of the soul. You’re right: hippie culture is too tolerant of hazardous, recreational drugs. In that respect, hippie culture is like a culture of sloppy approximation combined with a culture of driving motor vehicles. It’s a combination that creates a risk of sudden death. Let’s hope that hippie culture can change and replace its automobiles of sudden drug death with running shoes of runner’s high.
    Link to an article about runner’s high:

    • I am not sure the article gets the problem. if one feels euphoric after hard exercise, this is a natural reaction and neither sinful nor dangerous. I feel euphoric if my foot ball team wins an important match, but can’t see the problem, either.

      I also doubt the liberal press would say “he has killed himself” of one who eats too much. They would rather say “McDonald’s killed him”. Francis would probably agree.


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