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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.



ricketzz: Posted: August 17, 2014 10:17 a.m.

In my home we never close bedroom doors or leave people unattended for 12 hours.

tech: Posted: August 17, 2014 10:30 a.m.

In our home, we close doors as needed and allow individual privacy.

ronos: Posted: August 17, 2014 11:07 a.m.

Robin Williams had Parkinson's Disease which can cause severe depression biochemically, No Demons Are necessary.

ShortyShay: Posted: August 17, 2014 12:11 p.m.

I am reminded constantly That "I" don't know the whole story. Just as no one truely knows my story, except myself. To "Walk a mile in my shoes" only explains that mile. Life is a journey of many miles. A wish for everyone would be, all downhill with the wind at your back.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 17, 2014 6:04 p.m.

By his family's own admission, Robin was always "on" - he loved to entertain and give people a laugh. A star like that can only burn at that intensity for so long before it just becomes too difficult to continue. Perhaps he felt this and realized it was time to go. Maybe one day there will be a better understanding of mental illness and ways to treat it....and perhaps someday we'll allow for more civilized ways to end your own life. How sad that, in the end, he was alone with a belt around his neck, instead of surrounded by loved ones in a celebration of his life. A tragic end undeserved by a man who brought so much joy to so many.

projalice11: Posted: August 17, 2014 7:09 p.m.

Robin Williams one of a kind**

therightstuff: Posted: August 17, 2014 11:27 p.m.

"""Robin Williams had Parkinson's Disease which can cause severe depression biochemically, No Demons Are necessary."""

His Parkinson's diagnosis was in the early stages. His alcohol and drug addictions lasted for decades and were widely known and freely admitted by Mr. Williams himself. One of the biggest tragedies is the message his suicide sends to his loyal fans that this is how you deal with adversity. While I mourn the loss of such an amazing talent and remarkable human being, I applaud those with Parkinson's or other life threatening disease who continue to fight on for their their loved ones.

ricketzz: Posted: August 18, 2014 9:48 a.m.

Again I reiterate that if you have delicate psyches under your roof you are obligated to check their welfare often and to let them know you are doing this because you care.

Don't let message board know-it-alls discourage you from applying extra love.

Observer: Posted: August 18, 2014 11:01 a.m.

You "reiterate"? You never iterated the 1st time Ricketzz. Speaking of delicate psyches...

ricketzz: Posted: August 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

I love you.

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