Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams: The Tears of a Clown

The news has just broken about the apparent suicide death of Robin Williams. A heartbreaking loss for his family, friends, loved ones—and the entertainment industry. Twitter is on fire right now, as is Facebook.

Robin appears to be yet another person who had struggled with severe depression for years. While the news itself is stunning, in one sense the circumstances are not as surprising. It is a strange phenomena, but so many funny men and women (and not only comedians) often suffer from depression, and the depression being suffered often gives birth to the comedy. It's both a creative thing as well as a way of hiding or ameliorating the pain.

My prayers are with Robin's family and friends, who are grief-stricken. I have another concern as well—those who are hearing the Siren song that suicide will fix things and are tempted to follow suit. Don't do it. I will take up this subject again in more detail later, but suicide accomplishes nothing. If anything, it will make things far worse in ways you can't imagine, and when you're in the midst of what Winston Churchill called "the black dog," it's hard to see beyond your own pain. But you are loved. You are cherished. There is hope and deliverance for you. Hang in there and don't give up.

I am also praying that I will be more vigilant to pick up on when people are struggling. I pray that I will be much more ready to have open ears and an open heart to people who are hurting. Paraphrasing Plato, "Be kind. The other person may be fighting a larger battle." But more important than Plato is what God Himself wants His people to be. Here is the Bible's charge:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians, Chapter One)

Depression is an awful thing. If it is not a medical issue, it can be a spiritual issue. It begins in the mind with wrong thought patterns, and those wrong thought patterns get engrained. And when these patterns of dark thought get ingrained, the spiral downward is steady. Sometimes those around us feed those dark thoughts, and we need to be able to (if at all possible) to get away from the people who have destructive effects in our lives.

Lord, help us to listen and to hear one another, and grant that we may lift the dark clouds by trusting in Your great faithfulness. Help us to comfort others as You have comforted us, and have taught us to comfort others by Your example as you walked among us.


Fat Bastardo said...

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Robin was probably on an antidepressant drug and antidepressants dramatically increase suicides.

Solameanie said...

I've read that off and on through the years, and know several personally who have grave doubts over some of these medications. For some they seem to work fine, in others they backfire and produce the opposite effect. One reason why I think correct diagnosis is so important. Is the problem medical/chemical, or is it spiritual? That might get scoffed at, but it really is true. When you get into a bad thought pattern, and slowly train your mind into thinking in that gloomy direction, it really does have impact.

Philippians 4:8-9 provides a bit of advice/example. "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."

If you can train your mind that way, it's much healthier and happier. Doesn't mean you won't have difficulties - that's part of life. But you don't let difficulties take control over your mind and heart. And you can't do it alone.