Why Would Robin Williams Take His Own Life?

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Eschew Obfuscation
By Michael Douglass –

I get it she says. I understand she tells me.


Michael Wade Douglass

All those hoses and belts, all the tubes and valves, all those wires and lines that are leaking and spraying so much sorrow and doom and that man thought four or five times more and four or five times faster than me.

It makes sense why he would take his own life.

It makes complete sense.

She tells me this on the way to the balcony for a smoke.

I follow her out while it makes sense to me.

Maybe it wasn’t just Mr. William’s own morbid malaise.

Maybe it’s us. All of us. The worst of us.


We live in an age where heroes are impossible, where dignity and elegance are endangered if not extinct. There is hardly any grace anymore. It is now virtually impossible for a champion of ordinary people to establish any meaningful foothold before they are either dissected by corruption or seduced by it.

Selfishness now elevated to virtue.

Peace, love and understanding bifurcated into “isms”.

I think we have reached the point of no return.

We may just be fucked.

The only question I have is who we’re taking with us. How many other species? How many beavers how many whales how many bees? How many fucking caribou are we going to take with us? Every mammal on this planet knows the entire planet is now toxic. They can see it smell it and taste it while they swim or hunt. While they forage and breath.

They know.

And so do we.

Bloodshed is the new normal and nutritious food is neither. We cannot bear witness to all the war and famine and suffering on this scale now, just how jacked up shit is, and not know how goddamn close we are to the end of days for too much longer. We cannot keep this up. You cannot smell your shampoo in the morning without understanding that rain forests are evaporating. It’s virtually impossible despite your personal grooming choices.

Goddamn we are brave. We rage against the dying of the light. Oh my how we rage. We have cable tv and relatively slow internet. We have HD and smartphones that keep us from even looking at each other. Been in an elevator lately? We consistently vote against our own interests out of fear and ignorance. The human race is stuck in its own stupidity. Our very own vulgarity and self loathing. We can’t be bothered about the better angels of our nature having expired. We are now subject to barely more than our foibles and weaknesses as the race of man and they will most surely be our demise.

The planet cooks, it’s actually baking. Soon water will be at a premium like gasoline. Politicians rape and steal. Religions and ideologies visit war on the rest. All covered, spun, spewed and packaged for our entertainment and so called edification on cable tv in HD.

Violence and firepower elevated to a virtue.

There simply is no countervailing wind to blow against the avarice and mendacity that constantly engulfs us with every breath we take and every move we make. There simply isn’t. It doesn’t exist. It’s not democrats. It’s not liberals. It’s not social workers or teachers or unions. Combined they have not enough to oppose the human mountain of filthy lucre that piles everyday despite the best intentions of what is not a unified front.

What we have now is a gale, a hurricane, that has already ripped apart any sail that would turn its wind, its force, into anything but malice .

It really is like evil is winning.

We slash funding for education while we demonize teachers and then build more prisons for profit. We cut food stamps and unemployment beneficiaries off at the knees while we arm our police departments with weaponry intended for third world military conflicts.

She tells me this on the way to the balcony for a smoke.

Drinks for my friends.

Republished with permission from BrainSpank.Org.

© 2014, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

  2 comments for “Why Would Robin Williams Take His Own Life?

  1. August 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Ok, I feel like they do, but they I don’t at all think they understand why Robin Williams took his own life. I don’t think they have had severe depression, which is a depth of despair that is hellish. The awful state of the world might make someone even more depressed and despairing, but it is not on its own the reason people take their lives, or we would be having mass suicides all over the place.

  2. August 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Seems to me we are having lots of suicides. Celebrities. Veterans. Etc.

    Suicide (Latin suicidium, from sui caedere, “to kill oneself”) is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair, the cause of which is frequently attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Stress factors such as financial difficulties or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a role. Efforts to prevent suicide include limiting access to firearms, treating mental illness and drug misuse, and improving economic development. Although crisis hotlines are common, there is little evidence for their effectiveness.


    Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.

    Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.

    There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.

    Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.

    Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.

    In the month prior to their suicide, 75% of elderly persons had visited a physician.

    Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring.

    Over half of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

    For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death.

    Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.

    80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.

    15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.

    There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.

    The highest suicide rate is among men over 85 years old: 65 per 100,000 persons.

    1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.

    Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.

    The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.

    By 2010, depression will be the #1 disability in the world. (World Health Organization)

    In 2004, 32,439 people died by suicide. (CDC)

    Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th). (CDC)

    Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC)

    It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)

    An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. (CDC, AAS)

    There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS)

    Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention.

    Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.

    Last year SAVE educated 10,618 youth & parents on depression and suicide prevention.

    Last year SAVE received 810 requests for information from 72 countries.

    In 2004 it is estimated there were 811,000 suicide attempts in the US. (AAS)

    There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. (CDC, AAS)

    According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana).

    Suicide Facts

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