Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Food (and Drugs, and Booze, and Women) for Thought
I just posted this as a comment on a Facebook friend's wall, during a discussion that had a couple of people playing the morality police and admonishing Charlie Sheen as "sick," and a "pathetic moron.":
"Why is Sheen pathetic, sad, a moron, whatever? Jesus, you pay a guy 2 million dollars A WEEK for doing essentially nothing and then, what, expect him to behave with humility? You really think he won't become a rampaging id with a God complex? Sheen's doing porn stars in the bathroom at Daniel and downing $2,500 bottles of champagne and believes he's invincible because, why shouldn't he? I always wondered, if you had the money and resources to live your life completely hedonistically -- and you had the ego to where the judgment of others didn't matter to you -- would it really be wrong or somehow immoral to live like it was one non-stop party? Who am I to suggest how someone else lives his or her life and to look down my nose at them disapprovingly? The only factor that I think makes Sheen's decisions very, very questionable is that he has children. Other than that -- good for him. Have at it. Lord knows I'm not gonna get to enjoy my life like that; I certainly don't see why I should pretend to be offended by his decision to as an adult. It's his life."
You can debate me on the truth behind the motivation for Sheen's insanely arrogant posturing -- in other words, you can be like any one of the cavalcade of pious "experts" the cable news channels have paraded out to comment on Sheen's behavior ad nauseam, saying that it's obvious how sad and lonely he really is -- but what if he is just having a hell of a good time with the admittedly unbelievably charmed life he's led? Morality isn't always a relative thing, but what if Charlie Sheen's decision to stop worrying even for a second about what anybody thinks of how he chooses to live is actually good for him?
Now, just for the hell of it because it seems so fitting, here's the Butthole Surfers -- The Shame of Life.