Outstanding Piece about Robin Williams’ Suicide

Outstanding Piece about Robin Williams’ Suicide

By Matt Walsh

I’m not normally one to write a blog post about a dead celebrity, but then I suppose there is no such thing.

There are only living celebrities, not dead ones. In death, wealth and prestige decay and we are brought into a new reality, the only reality there is or ever was — one which, for much better or much worse, doesn’t care at all about our popularity or our money.

The death of Robin Williams is significant not because he was famous, but because he was human, and not just because he left this world, but particularly because he apparently chose to leave it.
Suicide.

A terrible, monstrous atrocity. It disturbs me in a deep, visceral, indescribable way. Of course it disturbs most people, I would assume. Indeed, we should fear the day when we wake up and decide we aren’t disturbed by it anymore.

So I’m just like you, then, because I can’t stomach the thought of it. I’ve seen it in the neighborhoods where I’ve lived and the schools that I’ve attended. I’ve seen it in my family. I’ve known adults and kids who’ve done it. I’ve seen it on the news and read about it in books, but I can’t comprehend it. The complete, total, absolute rejection of life. The final refusal to see the worth in anything, or the beauty, or the reason, or the point, or the hope. The willingness to saddle your family with the pain and misery and anger that will now plague them for the rest of their lives.

Read more at http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/08/12/robin-williams-didnt-die-disease-died-choice/#7fv1xTjzZdwjVHt1.99


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  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

    • Jay

      Well, suicide is a very selfish act, IMO

      • laura r

        dont think so. he died quietly, it was his choice. disgusting that the publicist revealed to the press the actors personal problems. i like evan sayat, but hes off on this one. the man should be able to die in privacy & w/out judgement. it is between mr. williams & god.

      • Rollingsworth_T_Vestibule

        Did YOU kill him? “He died quietly”. Just how the heck would you know? I say he changed his mind at the last second and couldn’t get a foot hold to save himself. Who knows if I am right and you are totally wrong? I can imagine that self preservation would have taken over at some point and he DIDN’T go ‘peacefully, as you imagine he did. THAT is a very judgMENTAL attitude where you suppose you could possible know with any amount of certainty what may or may not have gone through his mind at that very instance. Hey, here is something to ponder. Was he on Prosac or any other sort of drug like that? Those things make many people want to kill themselves. You seem to be his buddy and personal confidant. Was he? Yeah I didn’t think you would know. Go put on your Black Baret and then climb a Tree and play that Flute of yours.

      • Mike Richard

        I agree with you. In the suicide documentary The Bridge, Every single survivor of a suicide attempt at the Golden Gate Bridge has said they wished they hadn’t jumped a nanosecond after they did it. We can assume the same is true of most anyone who kills themselves and has any last seconds to think about what they did.

      • laura r

        the detailed facts of the death came out after i wrote the comment. actually it was the side effects of the parkinsons medications which drove him to do this. personally i dont hink any of this out business.

      • laura r

        dont think so. he died quietly, it was his choice. disgusting that the publicist revealed to the press the actors personal problems. i like evan sayat, but hes off on this one. the man should be able to die in privacy & w/out judgement. it is between mr. williams & god.

    • Jay

      Well, suicide is a very selfish act, IMO

    • Jay

      Well, suicide is a very selfish act, IMO

    • Ann M

      Suicide is one of the most hateful acts one can commit. It is self murder and we are not supposed to judge it? He judged life and decided, despite his enormous privilege, the he couldn’t bear to suffer (which is part of life I might add) and kill himself. G.K. Chesterton put it best:

      Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. His act is worse (symbolically considered) than any rape or dynamite outrage. For it destroys all buildings: it insults all women. The thief is satisfied with diamonds; but the suicide is not: that is his crime. He cannot be bribed, even by the blazing stones of the Celestial City. The thief compliments the things he steals, if not the owner of them. But the suicide insults everything on earth by not stealing it. He defiles every flower by refusing to live for its sake. There is not a tiny creature in the cosmos at whom his death is not a sneer. When a man hangs himself on a tree, the leaves might fall off in anger and the birds fly away in fury: for each has received a personal affront. Of course there may be pathetic emotional excuses for the act. There often are for rape, and there almost always are for dynamite. But if it comes to clear ideas and the intelligent meaning of things, then there is much more rational and philosophic truth in the burial at the cross-roads and the stake driven through the body, than in Mr. Archer’s suicidal automatic machines. There is a meaning in burying the suicide apart. The man’s crime is different from other crimes — for it makes even crimes impossible.

      • laura r

        new info: he was on meds for parkinsons. they had very bad mental & physical side effects. have some compassion. i know what this can feel like (other meds). i do wish he just took some sleeping pills, but he must have been in a very agited almost violent state. (better that he killed himslef than others). both you & evan should not judge this under the circumstances. have compassion.

  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

  • laura r

    very judgemental artical. kind of disrespectful IMO.

  • Ron Smorynski

    Suicide is one of the worst thing I could do to my family. To my wife, to my daughters… it is the worst. It goes right along with killing others, killing them, killing me. But as a Christian, I do not hate Robin Williams, nor what he did. I never heard him selling the act of suicide as an option, promoting it as a good choice, or anything of that nature.

    But sadly, it was still a bad choice for everyone… including him. And for Liberals, it seems nothing is ‘a choice’… even when they say they are ‘pro-choice’. They claim it is a disease? What germ causes someone to go through the steps and procedures required to commit suicide? What germ is aware of such details? What virus? When does a bad gene or lack of nutrition then speak out in one’s mind?

    In the Bible, it says we are in a spiritual battle, with evil spirits that lead us astray. Everyday I get thoughts I never wish for, thoughts of laziness, eating too much, anger, jealousy, lust, greed… are these thoughts I want every day and want to lead me? Evil exists and its in are very thoughts! Be aware of the thoughts and they can’t harm you, know they exist and watch them pass through you, and then, listen to that wonderful silent and overwhelming joyful voice of God.

    • laura r

      i read on a gossip site how he killed himself. i wish they kept the details private. it was kind of gross for someone to find him that way. he could have taken some sleeping pills. the man means nothing to me. i dont get why its such big news. i saw one film he was in. hes an actor, so?? and?? and what??

      • Ron Smorynski

        Well he was in a lot of influential movies when I grew up. Major ones, for kids, family issues, for young men… there is relevance, there is why, there is sadness, there is many issues… I don’t hate him, nor what he did, not at all… I’d have righteous anger if he promoted suicide as a great choice, he never did. But we do have to make assessements, judgements, hopefully good ones, but definitely not deceptions or a complete sense of loss with no choice or hope… hopefully not that… we shall see… we shall see..

    • Ann M

      If you are a Christian, then you should hate what he did. Suicide – to put it crudely – is the cosmic middle finger to God the Creator as it is self-MURDER. Murder is the most evil thing that you can do.

      • Ron Smorynski

        I don’t HATE it… it is wrong it is evil, I would hate it if he was an advocate for suicide as a life choice and encouraged others to. He most definitely failed, did the wrong horrible sad tragic thing, but hate is not what I choose as my assessment of what he did. Hate is not necessary in any case, righteous judgment yes.

  • Rollingsworth_T_Vestibule

    Rest in Peace Robin Williams. If you are here after your death and reading this I want to thank you for all the laughs and yet strike you severely about the Head and Shoulders for saying so many hateful and critical things about people you personally didn’t agree with politically, AND chastize you for killing yourself. AS a Celibrity you know what teh press will make of all this, or you should have had an inkling. Now a bunch of kids who never thought about such things are now sitting at home contemplating eternity in such a way. I am sad that you are dead, but angry that you did it to yourself. I am and have been very depresed in my life and yet NEVER contemplated such a thing. I think of my Family and Friends to pull me out of any Funk I find myself in. If I have to I also think about Puppies. WHo could contemplate suiside while thinking of little cute puppies. You know, the kind with little rings around their eyes and giant paws and them slipping on lenolium floors chasing after imaginary rabbits or something. Bless your memory that everyone only remembers the good times you created and the smiles you gave us. Peace…

  • LadyRedMane

    I know people who have dealt/deal with depression and it is not something I would want to add to the list of challenges I face in life. It can be very debilitating and powerful. At the same time, I also serve a G-d who makes depression equal in size to a gnat, if He is given His rightful place in an individual’s life. I know G-d rejoices in the death of His saints and welcomes them into Glory with open arms because they arrive on His timetable. I can only wonder how He feels when someone ‘checks out’ on his own schedule rather than G-d’s.

  • http://www.carriezeidman.com Carrie Z

    One of the important points that Matt Walsh makes in the article is that while Robin Williams did not actively promote suicide as a solution to depression, the fact that he took his own life can give legitimacy to the idea in the eyes of someone that is suffering. However well meaning, positive comments after the fact such as, “he’s at peace” and “he’s in a better place now” just make the idea even more appealing to someone that is depressed and looking for “peace” and a “better place.”

  • Cindy Ahlgrim

    Really enjoyed your talk at the CFRW Luncheon today Evan. I was reading over your articles watched the speech you mentioned from 2007. I just want to comment on this not sure if you are quoting Matt Walsh Blog or if these are your words, hope I dont “offend” you
    A few years ago I would have agreed wholeheartedly that suicide is the ultimate selfish act. However the past few years as I’ve watched my grown children struggle with Bi Polar and clinical depression I have come to understand a little more fully that most people who get to the point of being able to commit suicide are not in their right mind. I feel only compassion towards anyone who has been in the depths of hopelessness & that far outweighs my desire to criticise or judge them in this most desperate and horrible act. I dont really view it as them making a choice but that they feel it is their only option to escape the pain that only they can truly understand. In our situation we have been fortunate that my children have found some medicines that have helped and that they have been able to overcome the trap of alcoholism which is often the route people go to self medicate and deal with the emotional pain . There are many people of all walks of life that seem to lack empathy for mental illness, I’ve been especially disappointed by Christians who treat depression as something people can just choose to get themselves “out of” with positive thoughts etc. Now that I’ve walked through this with a mother’s heart I have much more sensitivity towards those who have attempted suicide and those who have lost a loved one to this tragic result of mental illness. I only hope science can shed more light. on the brain chemistry and find better solutions and cures.