Posted by emfleek
We all have struggles. It's our own personal choices on how to deal with those struggles. He knew exactly what he was doing and still did it.
I agree, and I don't give him a pass, but at the same time I won't judge. How can a guy like Evan Tanner who had such a good heart and was such a good person make some of the poor choices he made?
I served with a lot of guys in the Army who were absolutely amazing soldiers that committed incredibly selfless acts that most people wouldn't even once in their entire lives think about doing. When we got back from Iraq, some of them fell down the path of substance abuse and by all outsider's accounts would be considered dirtbags. One of them even crashed his car and killed himself while high on massive amounts of cocaine. Those outsiders have no idea what those men were capable of and did, though. Ira Hayes, the native american soldier who helped raise the flag on Iwo Jima is a perfect example of a benevolent and selfless human being who fell down a "pathetic" path.
As I said- not personally knowing the guy and his struggles I hesitate to call him pathetic or to judge something I know nothing about. Wanting to be a more positive person in this world, I choose the route of forgiveness and empathy without sacrificing my own better judgment. I'm not personally involved with Drew nor do the things he does affect my life personally, so why judge? I won't compare his struggles to my own, either, because we each experience things differently, and we're each equipped in different ways to handle those struggles.
This post isn't made to make you feel like a POS, either... I just want to be clear about why I feel the way I do, and maybe in some small way it will help you view the situation from a different (and hopefully more empathic) angle.