The news of Robin Williams’ sudden death has shocked much of the world. Tragic for us, certainly, but it brings peace now to a tormented soul.
I can say that I wasn’t surprised, but you probably wouldn’t believe me. Yet those of us non-medical folks who study human nature know the signs all to well.
Being the constant buffoon, the life of the party, a party animal .. is almost always the sign of a spirit in distress. John Belushi, Freddy Prinze, Lenny Bruce, Chris Farley .. all led troubled lives on the inside, (in my opinion) even though they appeared to be having way too much fun.
Although I feel absolutely terrible for everyone close to him, I don’t pity Robin Williams at all. I’m a firm believer that for some, suicide is a reasonable solution. And I trust that it was the right solution for him.
I’m sorry if that offends you or if you think less of me for saying this but pain just can’t continue, for anyone, indefinitely. It’s just not fair.
And to the old cliche that “suicide is the coward’s way out”, I say bullshit. I think it takes a huge amount of commitment and resolve to do the deed, knowing painfully well how negatively impacted close friends and family will be.
Let’s respect his fateful decision, forget how he left us and remember only the joy he brought to all of us.
Thank you, Mr Williams, for brightening the world of so many others, and for so many years.
Here’s a must read from David Wong on the topic at cracked.com . Quite possibly, the most honest words written on the topic. Don’t take what I think too seriously but please do yourself a favor and read David’s article. It just might give you some insight into someone in your life.