“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman, “Sandman”
Robin made us love him. How could you not love a man who never failed at making us laugh or touching the depths of our humanity through his wit, geekiness, kindness, and generosity. He was manic, starry dynamo that shined on the small screen and on the big screen. He was as familiar as Santa Claus. He was one of a kind. He gave us so much over four decades. Touching us in Dead Poets Society and making us bellyache with Mrs. Doubtfire, this only touches the surface of Robin Williams and his brilliant legacy of entertaining the world.
He invaded our hearts and in turn made us vulnerable. How could we all not be messed up by the news that this beautiful human being took his own life. Some have been bold to call him coward, Robin wasn’t a coward… Depression is an evil thing and it gets the better of some of us. Calling Depression and Suicide cowardly reveals the staggering ignorance of mental health problems by these people. How can you hope to solve these evils if you have such a narrow view?
,..mental illness … prevents you from behaving or thinking “normally” (although what that means is a discussion for another time). A depression sufferer is not thinking like a non-sufferer in the same way that someone who’s drowning is not “breathing air” like a person on land is. The situation is different. From the sufferers perspective, their self-worth may be so low, their outlook so bleak, that their families/friends/fans would be a lot better off without them in the world, ergo their suicide is actually intended as an act of generosity? Some might find such a conclusion an offensive assumption, but it is no more so than accusations of selfishness.(Guardian)
Robin – Godspeed, Peace, and Love. To Robin’s family, I am so sorry for your loss.