Are the sins of the fathers visited on their sons? Are any of us haunted by the misdeeds of family members who went before us? Are some of us predestined to crash and burn under the weight (real or imagined) of a bad family history?
I've been kind of loosely following the Patrick Kennedy story--the bizarre early-morning car crash followed by quick entry into drug rehab--and I just saw this piece in the NY Daily News. Think about this kid's life: total privelege, along with this knowledge: one of your uncles died in the war, two other uncles were assassinated, your dad killed a woman in a car crash, your mom and dad are both raging alcoholics, and you have a variety of cousins who've been accused of rape, died in bizarre skiing accidents and plane crashes...well, that's enough. I'm sure there's more but I was too lazy to look it up.