Honoring a beloved person, that brought so many people together through comedic works and artful acting, does not compare to other mass tragedies that are going on in the world at large- and frankly I wish people would stop comparing them. The two are equally tragic in different ways, and one does not supersede the other. Collectively Robin Williams brought joy to the world through his art, and what he must have been suffering within is immeasurable. I have seen suicide up close and personal, and it was one of the most profound life-altering events I have ever experienced. I not only lost a dear friend to a black hole so deep one could never reach the bottom, but I was then left questioning all which comprises life... and death. I myself slipped into a dark depression. The mere shock of losing someone seemly sunny can literally alter your life in a second. I will never truly understand the darkness that compelled my friend to end his life.
I’m acutely aware of the tragedies this world is suffering through today, and has suffered through every day of our existence. This does not mean we can’t stop and remember a beloved, yet tortured soul. The death of my friend was not silenced by other horrid acts occurring in the world, because to me at that time the loss of someone special was my whole world. Whether we like it or not we are united as a whole, and someone loved by many the world over took his life today, and that's sad.
I’m vehemently against war. I am vehemently against hate. I am vehemently against separation. I mourn all those who die on this planet in the name of profit, greed, and hunger for power. I mourn all those who are victim to others, but Robin Williams was a victim to self, and that’s just as important as any other death.
We tend to see the supposed enemies outside, but don’t often understand or even see the enemies within, but we all have them. Some of us can defeat them, and some fall victim to their grips.
I honor all those who passed on to their next life, this day and every day. We’ll all get there by some means or another, but the beauty in it all- it’s never over.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
UPDATE: Russell Brand talking about Robin's death, and it's thought-provoking.