As the discussion of Chad Schuldt and Hildygate continues, I wanted to make a point of clarification on the comments I made yesterday regarding addictions.
While, as Todd Epp noted, I have compassion for Chad, knowing how difficult it is to quit something once you’ve gotten in the habit of doing it. And I think we should have compassion for one another in this regard, on a personal level.
But as Ken Blanchard noted at South Dakota Politics, the trend in our society is to absolve all guilt behind the shield of “addiction.”
I hope Chad won’t do that. One of the key components to a successful recovery from addiction is to admit personal responsibility, own up to it and deal with both the responsibility for getting there, and for deeds done while there.
That’s one of the critical failings of our modern society: we short-circuit a key element that enables someone to get better–and often justice in the process–by confusing personal compassion with the escape of responsibility.
I hope for Chad’s sake and for the sake of justice, he and those around him won’t go that route.