I don't know Robin Williams but I am sad to see him leave us. I am also sad to know so many people who suffer from depression and mental illness or who have lost loved ones as a result of these widespread yet largely ignored challenges. My personal struggle includes low lows peppered with crippling anxiety - bouts of deep sadness and shame and fear that last just long enough for me to ache for anyone who dwells in that horrible place on a regular basis or for anyone who fights to bring a loved one out of that place. It hurts me to the bone knowing so many wonderful people end their pain this way. But I can't get behind the "unforgivable sin" belief. The only unforgivable sin I can fathom is not showing compassion for those around you.
I look around and it seems as though we have set ourselves up to be depressed. The things society asks us to value never turn out to be very valuable. I'm honestly sometimes surprised that so many humans ARE able to endure this experience we have created for ourselves. I ask that we all do a little good will hunting of our own...How can we lift each other up? How can we remind ourselves not to judge others? How can we discuss issues affecting our society and work together to find solutions? How can we be more personable, even if it means being less profitable? How can we choose kindness and love over ignorance and hate? I am sad tonight as I think of these things.