Robin Williams was an actor. I’m not sure you guys know that based on your response to his suicide last week.
On Facebook lots of people posted a picture of the Genie hugging Aladdin. Aw, isn’t that a nice farewell? Except the Genie was a creation by Disney artisans. Robin Williams just lent his voice to the movie project. Robin Williams was an actor.
Some people updated their status with an “Oh Captain, my Captain,” quote from Dead Peots Scociety where he inspired a classroom by saying:
"To quote from Whitman, ‘That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.’
What will your verse be?"
Wow. Such an intellectual mind must have suffered deep torment to finailly kill itself, right? I mean, just read that quote! Doesn’t it give you goose bumps?
The problem is that this quote didn’t come from the mind of Robin Williams. It was crafted by screenwriter Tom Schulman. Robin Williams read those lines from the script in the movie because Robin Williams was an actor.
Speaking of toubled minds, how about the picture of Robin Williams and Matt Damon sitting on a bench in Boston’s Public Garden? No caption was needed for an image so poignant. If he could help that troubled math genius through the tribulations of his life, why couldn’t he help himself out of suicidal depression?
Guys, it’s because he was an actor. He wan’t really a professionally liscenced psychologist. You don’t think that Matt Damon was a math genius, do you?
Right now some people have had it and they’re like, “Jimmy, we know he was an actor! We loved him for the joy he brought us. Why do you have to bad-mouth the greatest comedic genius of our time?”
What? I’m not bad-mouthing John Candy! I’m talking about Robin Williams.
What I’m getting at is that our perception of reality is messed up.
Man, who lives in a conceptual world, has always appreciated art inasmuch his leisure time afforded him. The problem is that our leisure time has taken over our whole lives. Thus, what was formerly an avocation called culture has morphed into an all-encompassing entertainment complex called pop culture.
Pop culture is so vivid and the sensory experience so realistic that we all think we actually knew Robin Willams.
Maybe Robin Williams lived his whole life in deep seated agony and depression. But when the director hollered “Action,” he sprung into character as a rambunctious whilrwind of jokes and impersonations.
We never saw him or knew him after the director said, “Cut, and that’s a wrap.” But there was this guy Robin Williams we all new and to us that man never wasn’t Robin Williams.
The number one suicide prevention factor is other people. But what happens when everwhere he went other people expected the Robin Williams to be Robin Williams? How can you be sad when everyone thinks you’re the Genie? How can you suffer emotionally when everyone thinks you’re the professor or psychologist, or a never-ending ball of pure joyful energy?
What happens when everybody loves you but nobody will give you work? What happens in the cruel business of show business when the young bucks running the studios now-a-days tell you how much they love you but the market’s just not there for another Robin Williams character? (They’re all kind of the same.)
If the whole world knows Robin Williams but doesn’t know Robin Williams where can Robin Williams go where he isn’t Robin Williams?
Perhaps in his mind it wasn’t suicide. Maybe he thought it’s time to lower the curtain on Robin Williams. The act’s over. He no longer had to play the role of Robin Williams.
The Powerful Play Must End
I believe the antidote for depression is reality, not a pill. I firmly believe all these pills they want us to pop shelter us from reality and therefore amplify suicidal tendencies.
The Robin Williams suicide tore a hole in the illusion our nation lives under. It showed a little piece of reality that we could not handle, so we popped some pills to escape the terrible emotions that this life under the sun deals us.
Russell Brand, in an essay, spoke for an entire generation of the disillusioned when he blamed the world for killing Robin Williams, the actor. He didn’t blame Robin Williams, the man.
Then he went on to denounce Fox News, who relay images of a reality he wants to avoid. And defiantly, he would celebrate Robin Williams, the actor, by watching Mrs. Doubtfire, a role that Robin Williams, the man, absolutely dreaded reviving.
The Tragic News Media
I heard a newscaster say Robin Williams suffered, a “tragic, unexpected death.” It wasn’t tragic. Neither fate nor chance dealt him death. He did. Death was exactly what he expected when he wrapped the belt around his neck.
Yet his death was unexpected. To them. The newscasters were incredulous that a comedian would be depressed and suicidal because they’re in the same business. The news media, together with Hollywood, and the advertisers of Madison Avenue are in the business of altering your perception of reality.
The Media sets out every day all day to alter your view of reality. Yet they ironically are so gullible as to believe the lies of their sister industries.
“How in the world could the Genie from Aladdin be depressed and suicidal?” They wonder.
I don’t know, news media. How could the foods that human beings been eating for all human history be killing us? Yet every day you’d have us believe that fat, salt, cholesterol, and now gluten are bad.
How could we call what gay men do to eachother in bed “love?” Yet that’s the perception you want America to have.
How is it that conservative Christians are the mean-spirited, hate-filled racists when it’s Islam beheading, murdering, and committing genocide all across the globe?
But you ignore that because the real reality ruins the illusion you’re hypnotyzing America to perceive.
What I’m pointing out is not inconsequential. Suicidal people choose to ultimately avoid reality rather than face it. Our whole nation is committing suicide rather than face reality.
When the United States of America elected Barack Obama they thought they were electing a movie character played by Will Smith. But the reality is that this despicable man is an enemy of the state and a traitor to our land. And we’d rather face the back side of curtains than face that fact.