The latest person to be featured in the news is a young woman named Lindsay Lohan. Apparently, she had fallen on hard times, underwent some sort of treatment (“rehabilitation” you call it), and is now back in the public eye again.
Unfortunately, the public can be merciless – much like a mob of ne’er-do-wells in my time, ready to hang or punish on the slightest transgression. And Miss Lohan is now feeling the wrath of that unadoring public.
An unnamed internet writer, visiting Miss Lohan in her new apartment for an interview, reported that the place was very unkempt, with her clothes and possessions strewn everywhere.
I believe this irresponsible writer of gossip was just looking for any excuse to try and convict her, on the pretext that she had not been fully healed by her treatment. I say to him, do not judge others, lest you be judged yourself.
Of course, I have now also learned that Miss Lohan, after her appearance on the Oprah show, (where she declared she’d already done the party scene and there was nothing new there for her any more), was allegedly seen partying in Hollywood. Yet, in other reports, she also insists that she is sober. I suppose that, in light of our American judicial system’s belief in “innocence until proven guilty,” Lindsay is still trying to prove herself. The alleged episode was either:
- Proving she could go clubbing, resist temptation, and stay sober.
- Another Lindsay from an alternative reality – the “bad” Lindsay looking for trouble.
- Or, like myself, she was “time travelling” for some reason, met up with her previous self, and the whole club situation was something far beyond everyone’s comprehension, for the moment.
However, I digress. As to the concern about Lindsay’s disordered apartment, I don’t think that is a cause for alarm, at least not yet. We really do need to give her a chance, and let things play out. We cannot always take things at face value, thinking that we know all there is to know about Miss Lohan, when in fact we can’t.
As a side note, I should confess that I myself had a bit of a reputation for disordered household items. Although I preached “every thing has its place,” the truth is (and John Adams will attest to this), my filing system (or lack thereof), and the ways I tended to leave things in a seemingly haphazard manner, could greatly perturb a more organized person (John Adams, for example).
So the moral of this story is, do not judge a book by its cover. Even a person like myself, whilst seemingly muddling through messy surroundings, can still manage to do great things.
Your humble servant,