Post by Kevrob Post by Michael Christ
Why did Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley die so
relatively young? Because they had no `another'. All the wealth,
power, fame and influence and not worth a hill of beans.
All three hit the drugs pretty hard.
All made ostentatious declarations of religious belief.
Elvis and Whitney recorded gospel albums. Michael went door-knocking for
the Jehovah's Witnesses, though he did break with that sect.
McLean will, no doubt, "One True Scotsman" these stars as
"not real Christians."
I am working on a memoir about my attempt to teach in a predominantly
black college (that shall justly remain nameless) in the 70s. From
the chapter on athletics:
It is pretty obvious that success appears to damage character, though
age seems to temper its ill effects. Andrew Carnegie and John D.
Rockefeller at the beginning of the last century and Bill Gates at the
beginning of this one became the leading philanthropists of their
times, giving away billions (in current dollars) to various projects
worldwide in their old age. Success for the very young, though, may
be toxic. The worse case scenario is what happens to child film and
television stars in this country who combine a lack of impulse control
normal to children with the means in abnormal amounts to indulge those
impulses. They tend to die young after living lives blighted by
addictions, failed relationships, unsuccessful attempts at
rehabilitation, and incarcerations. At least professional athletes do
not encounter that sort of success at such an early age (Judy Garland
was performing professionally at age 2), but they start receiving
special treatment as jocks in middle school, and as their careers
advance, the privilege increases. The most successful display a number
of symptoms of dysfunction: Divorce rates
among the athletic elite hover "somewhere between 60 percent and 80
percent" thanks to a vicious mix of money, youth, and the temptations
of life on the road. Professional sports foster substance abuse
[https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/athletes/.]. Many athletes are
highly paid and can easily access drugs through their social circles.
This has led to a substance abuse epidemic that has shattered the
lives of countless athletes. Another downside of success is an
increased fear of failure; There are factors in an athlete's life
that are not in the everyday person's life that would make them more
prone [to depression], says Dr. Ronald L. Kamm, a psychiatrist who
subspecializes in sport psychiatry and is the director of Sport
Psychiatry Associates in Oakhurst, New Jersey . . . They are under
pressure to win, which you and I don't have, says Kamm, who works
with local amateur and pro athletes and is a past president of the
International Society for Sport Psychiatry. And that pressure is
magnified by the spotlight that shines on athletes
And that is while they are playing; when they stop playing, it gets
worse: Asked how many retirees suffer from depression, former
Packers offensive lineman Aaron Taylor says: It'd be easier to start
with which ones do NOT have depression. Observationally, it's a
significant percentage. It varies by degree, obviously, but everyone
aa #2278 Never mind "proof." Where is your evidence?
BAAWA Chief Assistant to the Assistant Chief Heckler
Fidei defensor (Hon. Antipodean)
Je pense, donc je suis Charlie.