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The demons within

Posted: August 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Although I was never a fan of Robin Williams, I am sad to hear that he has died — and from his own hand.

Robin, indeed, had his own demons to contend with — and, ultimately, the demons won out.

I say that I was never a fan of Mr. Williams, but that is only because I never watch television. I get all of my news from newspapers.

Nevertheless, I think that being a top comedian is the toughest job on the planet. I can make one, or two, people laugh from time to time, but never could I make millions laugh via television sets, for that is the sign of true genius, in my opinion.

Although Robin’s demons, I guess, were the stuff of severe depression, he is not alone in having demons of such magnitude.

It seems to me that comedians — even world-famous ones, like Robin Williams — often confront the opposite of what they are pushing.

They push laughter, but they deal with severe depression.

Getting up there on stage every night and making people laugh is hard enough for any comedian. One is not always in a laughing mood, yet the job is to get up there and make people laugh.

Yes indeed, I find that to be the stuff of genius.

Without a doubt, a great talent has died from his own choosing, and that tells us something about the meaning of life, and not always happy things about ourselves.

Friedrich Nietzsche, the great German philosopher, once said the following: “Don’t die too early, and don’t die too late.

Die at the right time.”

It appears that Robin died too early, but we cannot be certain of that, for his demons may have been too much to control.

A sad case of reality.



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