Robin Williams' suicide is like losing a friend
Over a lifetime, we come to feel we know superstars, like they are one of us, friends, family, and community. They aren't though.
Robin Williams didn't belong to us, and he had every right to choose his time to leave.
Still, the pain aches in my gut as I now recognize the extraordinary actor's extreme suffering - maybe a whole life of pain.
This is what troubles me about suicide: knowing that in the last seconds of life human beings were filled with intense suffering and desperation. A black, hallow, and empty space. I feel empathy for him, which means I suffer too.
I feel his depression, hopelessness, and desperation. I experience his final moments when he lost sight of the quote above, or no longer could believe the words. I feel sorrow for all humans who experience that space of dark torture.
He will be missed, but not judged. No one knows exactly what he felt, and as outsiders looking in, we have no right to judge the man or his reasons for leaving us.
Empathy should be our only response as we remember the good times from Mork and Mindy all the way through his latest work. For me, I will always remember him as a remarkable teacher in Dead Poet's Society.
Robin Williams was just that - an amazing teacher whose forum was comedy and drama.
Learn from his life and respect his death.
Other quotes that speak to who Robin Williams was:
"You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to."
What are your thoughts on Robin Williams? Your comments below are appreciated.
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