11/14/14 Not Drawing Conclusions: Robin William’s Death
I few days ago it was revealed that Robin Williams had Lewy Body Syndrome, a form of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s, but resulting in more severe bouts with depression, outward hostility, and sometimes death from suicide.
I looked at the many past published expressions of grief, including ones that implied there was something wrong with Robin Williams’ decision to end his own life. Implicit in their words was the belief that “If I were him, I wouldn’t have committed suicide,” and well-meaning concern about what his action did to his family.
I doubt if any of these people know what happens to a person’s identity with this cruel disease. I wonder how often they also made judgments about the behaviors of others they didn’t understand—including family and friends. It’s a “gray world” we live in where what we think is true, often isn’t.
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