• Nomi Bachar

Jussie Smollett: AN ADDICTION

Updated: Nov 21

The state's attorney's office announced its decision to drop the charges just weeks after Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of filing a false police report in connection with his claim of having been the victim of a hate crime in January. The actor, who is gay and black, claimed his attackers hurled racist and homophobic slurs before punching him, putting a noose around his neck, and dousing him with what he said was bleach. Chicago Mayor RahmEmanuel denounced the Smollett decision as a “whitewash of justice” and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said his department was blindsided by the move. An actor in a successful television series who already has fame, money and attention now is under the harsh spotlight. If guilty, his claims would show disregard for those who HAVE suffered at the hands of violence. It seems like he was trying to grab MORE publicity at any cost. No amount of fame, public attention, wealth or success is enough to fill up a hole in the soul. When a person does not have a true sense of themselves, which means self worth and true confidence they have two options: 1. To do inner-work of healing. 2. stay dependent on outside validation. Being dependent means always looking for outside reinforcements. This search for outside reinforcement becomes an addiction, and just like all addictions you keep needing more and more to make yourself feel better.

You would think that as an artist a person is dedicated to give from their talents and skills and that is what fulfills them. What we see here is not giving, it is a desperate taking, a need to take more attention , more publicity, more sympathy and so on.

If you do not want to be a begger in this life, always taking, always needing more, always needing something to make you feel better, you need to realize your value as a human being. You need to tap into the source of your talents, skills, abilities and passions. Realize what you have to give, to yourself and others and live life in a state of giving. That makes for true confidence and a life of contribution.

The tendency of getting a sense of self from outside sources has become an addition, just like the heroin problem we are seeing now. It is the “give me more” addition. It destroys the integrity of people, since they are not searching for true growth inside of themselves, instead they search for more and more “social crutches”. Addiction impacts people’s judgement, politically, socially and personally. It has impacted our education and what young people are seeing and emulating. Sadly, I see our society walking in the wrong direction.

I would like to encourage each one of you reading this, to take on real growth and transformation. Look within, to find Your value, your purpose and passion, so you become a force for good. This world of ours needs people of substance and integrity to maintain forward movement.