While it seems like, and kinda obviously was, depression that caused Robin Williams to kill himself, the other side of that is Williams had his reasons:
1. He had Parkinson’s disease which means however hard it was to ply his trade, it was gonna get a whole lot harder.
2. He was up to his neck in debt paying off two divorces.
3. His TV sitcom was cancelled.
4. He was being forced to appear in “Mrs Doubtfire” Part II.
5. His alcoholism had returned with a vengeance.
6. His kids already had money in trust funds and didn’t need him for money.
7. And he was a manuc depressive.
At 63 years old, why continue? Why put on a dress if you don’t want to?
So Williams suicide makes sense, where suicide doesn’t make sense is the happily married guy who one day, with no warning, jumps out of the window. You are kinda scratching your head and saying, where the hell did this come from? Where is the existential angst? And something else: if you don’t know the person, do you really care?
The sad truth is that in, in Costello’s words, “I wouldn’t cry for lost souls you might drown”. Sadly, but people, children, who want to live with all their might are dying every day, if you don’t want to live, kill yourself. So I guess I agree a little more with gene Simmons recent comments to Songfacts (as reported on Ggwise.com than most:
“No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: “The world is a harsh place.” My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear fuck all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’
“She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself. I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.’
“Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd. By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, ‘I’m going to blow your fuckin’ head off!’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t!’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.”
Hardly surprisingly, the outrage has been pretty deafening, But not hardly fair.
First the numbers: in the US around 12.6 million people have cancer and 15 million people suffer from depression. This suggests depression is less a mental illness and more a social malaise. I mean, when one in every 3400 people suffer from depression, that goes beyond brain triggers and into the realm of a society malfunctioning. And so, in the same way as it is difficult to cry over a cancer victim who you have never met or heard of, it is difficult to care about a depressed individual.
The answer doesn’t appear to be simply better living through chemical, but a social adjustment: in 2014, the US isn’t working as a social hub in which people can simply enjoy their lives.
If you wanna fix it, be my guest, but in the meantime, Simmons, in saying his mother was in a concentration camp so he doesn’t wanna hear shit about other people’s existential angst… I kinda get why he doesn’t wanna hear it.
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