Was It Worth It?

Recently, I was shocked to read the story of the death of a high-level executive at Google named Forrest Hayes because of a drug-overdose given by a prostitute. Read the article if you don’t know the story already. It’s kind of disturbing. Another article mentions his obituary:

“More than anything else he enjoyed spending time with his family at home and on his boat…”

When I read this, it sounds like Hayes was living two lives: the public life of a family man, and the shady secret life: he was 51 years old, and sleeping with young prostitutes and doing heroin.

The worst part to me is the children. How can anyone explain this to his five children? That’s hard to imagine. I think it will really affect the kids for the rest of their lives. It’s really important to remember that even if kids can’t see what you’re doing, it still has an effect on them and everyone around you.

I wonder: was it all worth it? I really doubt it.

I guess it’s a lesson for us all.

P.S. A similar post from a few years ago.

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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