I have heard a lot about Charlie Sheen and his strange rants. I haven’t seen any of the shows he has been on doing his rant and I have only glanced at a couple of articles in the paper. But what I have read and been told by others makes me very sad and very angry.
Sad because this man is obviously quite ill. Maybe it is because of his drug and alcohol use that he is in this manic behavior or maybe he has substance abuse issues because of his mental health. I have no idea which came first but he needs help. I guess help has been offered and he has been in and out of rehab, yet, there seems to be a continuing deterioration of his mental and emotional state.
I am angry because the media is having a wonderful time with this. Why are they encouraging him? Is what he is saying and the way he is behaving news-worthy? It seems to me this media-frenzy is just old-fashioned meanness. After all, this type of (mis)behavior could happen to anyone. None of us is immune to mental illness. Maybe we think we are immune, that this only happens to other people, if that is what we believe we are believing a lie.
Charlie Sheen is a talented actor who can entertain with his gift. He, like all of us, has a purpose and a destiny. I don’t think for a minute what is happening now is the purpose of his life, but it looks like self-destruction (with the help of the media looking for a “good” story) is his destiny.
Today, I am thankful that I don’t have a TV and that I don’t read gossip magazines.