So by now you have heard of, if not seen, this video where an Ohio man confesses to driving while intoxicated from alcohol and getting into an accident where a man was killed.
I appreciate this man's desire to "send a message" about drinking and driving. But this video, and this man's words, are not worthy of anyone's applause or approval. And I hope this thing doesn't become a trend.
It's not normal behavior to do what this man did. Clearly he has a disease and in addition to whatever penalties the law may impose upon him, which, since a death is involved, are going to be serious, he needs treatment. I don't know of any addiction professional who would advocate posting a video on YouTube confessing and apologizing two months after the accident. Maybe they exist but the ones I have asked wouldn't advocate this. Treatment for addiction disorders is generally a more private, personal process, and that's where this man should seek his help.
And one can't discount the more than slightly theatrical nature of this video. This was shot in a studio with some production values, a neat little website, and whatnot. I think that if this man had put half the thought into his decisions to drink and drive that night as he has obviously done in putting this video together, things in his life would be way different.
And while some out there are celebrating the "courage" of the offender, let's also be sensitive to the fact that this guy didn't just blow a little over at a sobriety checkpoint. He got into an accident and killed someone. I am sure he didn't get behind that wheel that night planning to kill someone, but he did. That's what this crime and the disease he appears to have can do. So how about a little remembrance and prayer for the victim and his family too, OK?
Some wonder whether this man's confession is sincere. I can't speak to that, because honestly, I have no idea. But I do know that there is nothing wonderful about this online confession. Even if it is sincere, it simply serves as a mask for bigger, much more serious problems.
Happy National Swap Ideas Day! Let's be careful out there.