Rehab Me

The mayor of San Diego, after long denying sexual harassment claims, has now apparently gone into “two weeks of intensive therapy” after overwhelming evidence has been brought against him by several women.

Therapy and rehab have become way stations on the road to continued degradation. Instead of confessing one’s sins and admitting one’s crimes—which might just lead to true catharsis—politicians, athletes, and celebrities simply go through the turnstile of rehabilitation or therapy to emerge as if from a car wash, cleansed of grime and bug spots. Lindsay Lohan ought to have one of those discount coupon books for good customers.

No one is guilty any more, they’re simply a product of their environment, or listened to the wrong people, or have had bouts of mental fatigue/anxiety/excessive chocolate.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief who got involved sexually with the maid in a New York Hotel but managed to get back to France, has just been charged with pimping by a French magistrate (New York Times today). You see, the car gets cleaned on the outside, but it’s the inside that remains filthy.

© Alan Weiss 2013

4 thoughts on “Rehab Me

  1. Outstanding point. I grew up with a horrible childhood. But at the end of the day, I still have to be responsible for my own actions. Well said.

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