Robin Williams was a comedic genius. His death has left many reeling and mourning. There is something terrible and sad about suicide always, but particularly when a life was dedicated to making others laugh.
His suicide is a springboard to a broader point about combating suicide. For if current “death with dignity” folks have their way, we’ll soon have no logical reason to decry suicide at all.
How do we help people in a severe depression see through to a brighter time?
Certainly not by selling exit bags on the Internet. Pardon the extremely macabre nature of this, but exit bags are placed over one’s head, tied at the neck and used with a sedative-type drug so that our natural instincts for survival don’t take over when the carbon monoxide levels rise in the bag.
(Some help combat suicidal tendencies. Others provide the tools. It’s truly almost hard to believe.)
There has been no approval of suicide after his death, only shock and mourning. Suicide is always tragic, let it not be considered a viable option in any circumstance. Death with dignity does not mean providing an exit bag, it means providing hope. If Robin Williams had thought his death through more completely, and requested it, under current euthanasia legislation presented in Quebec right now, he would be granted it.
Things to ponder as we try to create a brighter world for people suffering in the dark realm of depression.
Robin Williams, Rest In Peace.