What Whitney was REALLY Looking for...
At 48 years old Whitney Houston, the owner of a very fine voice (let's not lie and say it was the greatest of all time), was found dead in a hotel in Beverley Hills. The world tweeted their condolences and then the jokes started coming.
...Whitney Houston, to star in her new film 'The Bodybag'
... Houston, we no longer have a problem.
...Whitney Houston won an impressive 6 Grammys in 14 years. Less impressive was her recent attempt at 6 grams in 14 minutes.
Yes, no mention of Whitney could be complete without her very public love affair with drugs. In these cases, we are often divided between condemning someone for drug abuse and sympathizing with the stress of fame. The latest star to fall down will inevitably have us shaking out heads as we recall Marilyn, Jimi and Jim among others. What is almost a universal truth is that we consider it a waste and often don't understand why people with everything life has to offer, choose instead to destroy it. Of course that doesn't only go for celebrities.
'I've got the stuff that you want, I've got the thing that you need.'
So what is this need that people try to fill with drugs? The answer is freedom. People need to be free - of this bounded reality, of their strictly repressive upbringings (Oh Whitney, as a former alter girl I really sympathize!), of what they perceive as the stifling norms of society - be it a marriage,a state of monogamy, or the corporate 9-5 workplace (my personal favorite). The awful irony of freedom, is that if you try to achieve it through more 'artificial' means like money or drugs, you probably won't recognize it because you're searching in the wrong place.Continued on the next page