Obviously the big story this week is the tragic death of the comedic genius, Robin Williams. If you’re like me, you are up to your ears in tributes, memories, and… well… sadness. The idea that someone can bring such happiness to others, yet be so full of immense pain is nothing short of heartbreaking. I believe that many who are gifted with artistic brilliance often pay a price with the depth of their tender souls.
As most know, depression is an indiscriminate monster, and if Robin Williams proves anything, it’s that ANYONE can suffer from this disease. No matter how brilliant, beautiful, rich, famous, hilarious, and loved you are, you are not immune from depression. Outside factors in your life may have no effect whatsoever on your internal despair. Those suffering from depression can be surrounded by loved ones and yet feel achingly alone.
What I find appalling about the media coverage of this (and every) celebrity suicide are the details given of the death. Why do we need to know how he killed himself? Why is this even legal? I think it’s inappropriate and should be given the same discretion and privacy as medical records. It’s time we stop treating suicide as a crime, reporting the gory details for all to hear. Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape the torment of a monster that some can’t shake off, no matter how hard they try.
Let’s give Robin Williams the dignity that he deserves. It’s the least we can do after all he has given to us.
What are your thoughts on this?
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