Uncle Eddy's E-mails -- October 21
(entered heaven around 371)
I share your sadness about Bruce. As the old saying goes, it´s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. I do not, however, share your surprise. Yes, the ubiquitous campaigns against drunk driving have raised consciousness about its dangers, but have they gone to the heart of the matter? Think about it. Why do people get drunk? Why do they do drugs? The kids at your college have everything going for them – they are not "down-and-out" tramps. What possible reason could they have for habitual over-indulgence, even when they are well aware of the potential consequences? Certainly, there could be many reasons. Some just enjoy it – sheer indulgence in pleasure. Others are trying to solidify their place among a certain group of friends. Still others may be aware of a deep existential void, and substance abuse (occasional or habitual) is their way of trying to fill or hide it. OK, so which of these causes do the "anti-drinking" campaigns address? None. They miss the boat completely. Today´s saint, however, gives positive alternatives for meeting each of those needs.
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