Last week was a sad week with the passing of Robin Williams. He was a great actor, amazing comedian and, just as importantly, a human being with problems and issues, just like the rest of us. At the end of the day, with all his fame and money, he was still a damaged soul and wasn’t able to stand it any longer. It makes me so sad to think someone who is beloved by millions could be that lonely and in that much pain. Some of us have experienced that and some of us hopefully never will, but just imagine what it is like to be someone who is responsible for so much laughter and yet be so unable to be happy himself. Just soul-destroying. My heart goes out to his family, who must be beside themselves with grief. My heart also goes out to Mr Williams, who is now, hopefully, at peace and able to smile.
Be kind to one another. Let loved ones know you are there for them and reach out if you yourself are in need of support.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt from an episode of the wonderful “Mork and Mindy” – it says it all.
“Mork & Mindy: In Mork We Trust (#1.21)” (1979)
Orson: The report, Mork.
Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.
Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?
Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon, even that doesn’t help very much because then he can hear paint dry.
Orson: Does bed rest help?
Mork: No because I’ve heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.
Orson: Do you have any idea why?
Mork: Yes sir you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they’re told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they’re told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they’re very old, they’re told not to talk to themselves, who’s left?
Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?
Mork: No sir I’m saying just the opposite. They make themeslves lonely, they’re so busy looking out for number one that there’s not enough room for two.
Orson: It’s too bad everybody down there can’t get together and find a cure.
Mork: Here’s the paradox sir because if they did get together, they wouldn’t need one.