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Robin Williams and Me: The Killer Among Us.

The death of Robin Williams makes Greg Mercer, a professor of nursing, remember his own attempt at suicide.

Psych Circus

Robin Williams  Person    Giant BombWhy Robin Williams?

I’m not a fan of celebrity worship, nor do I feel especially comfortable perhaps taking advantage of human suffering and loss by writing about a total stranger’s suicide.  That said, Robin’s suicide disturbs me. It touches a sore nerve, it hurts. He seemed a safe, reliable positive out there in the world, a source of joy and humor and, well, life. He was fine as far as I knew, just fine, then BAM!: dead. It’s shocking, saddening, makes the world seem less safe, less reliable.

Why me?

Clearly there is no “Robin Williams and me”, no relationship beyond talented performer and fan. I use the phrase in another sense. Why does his death hit me harder than most? What does it mean?

Events’ meaning partially come from our reactions to them, our responses. Like so many, I have thought over Robin’s many fine performances, the incredible eruption…

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2 comments on “Robin Williams and Me: The Killer Among Us.

  1. gregmercer601
    September 11, 2014

    It strikes me: this piece was a reaction to such disturbing news, rather spontaneous and completley outside of my blog planning. I keep thinking it will fade away, but it strikes so many nerves! Not just mine. I appreciate your help spreading the word. It seems ironic and wierd publicizing my dark past, but it seems to take the sting out of it in a way nothing else does. We need to stop keeping secrets for no good reason. We can help each other: why not do it?


    • Michael Simms
      September 11, 2014

      Thanks, Greg. I admire this essay for its honesty and willingness to dig deep. Keep up the great work!


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