Friday, June 05, 2009


Interesting word choice in a Sydney Morning Herald article:
His turbulent international career all but over, Andrew Symonds faces the most challenging of personal battles after suffering a relapse of alcoholism.
Alcoholism as a term has been misused for so long that it has effectively lost meaning. It's use above seems intended to conjure a mental picture of a diseased Symonds -- note the reference to his "relapse" -- possibly fated to a long unpleasant slide into oblivion in circumstances beyond his control.

An alternative view:
Andrew Symonds was a player never humble enough to learn from his mistakes and was allowed by weak officials to get away with far too much for far too long.

In short, that is why his cricket career is in ruins.

He is a boofhead. They are weak as water. It really is that simple.
Those in favour of individuals accepting personal responsibility for their behaviour will likely agree with the latter.


Anonymous Toaf said...

I'm in favour of individuals accepting personal responsibility. And so I disagree with the latter's nonsense about "weak officials" letting Symonds get away with it. I reckon the alcoholism tag is taking the responsibility away from Symonds.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one cares what you think, Damien.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Toaf said...

No, but they really care what Fuckwits Anonymous think.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang on. Toaf's coming here and engaging with the issues, we should at least be courteous.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's only fair that "alcoholism" be looked upon along the same lines as murder. Was the drinking premeditated? I would like to meet an alcoholic who didn't think out their actions before hand. "Yes I will go to the bottle shop. Yes I will spend my money on grog, and yes I will pour the grog down my own throat. Then I will cry about it and blame it all on someone/something else." Toughen up, that's no disease.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous ar said...

Toaf almost sounds conservative in calling for personal responsibility. Well done, Toaf. There is decency in you after all.

7:53 AM  

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