RIP Robin Williams. 😥 your already missed.
This is not a debate, but more a place for people who have laughed, cried, and just miss this guy already. I find this a sad and tragic event. For thOSS that don't know, Robin killed him self today. Please and comments below on some of your favorite Williams movies. I will start with "Good Morning Vietnam" one of my favorite movies he had done. We tend to speak highly of people after there death, but I feel that by doing so we are not seeing them as who they really are. Williams battled with drugs and drinking off and on most of his life. He did become sober in 83' but relapsed in 2003. He bacame depressed. Very sad.
People die everyday, you care because he was a celebrity, and because news of his death is being reported. Does anyone shed a tear for the millions starving, drying out, being hunted by animals or soldiers, or plain old fashioned murdered over seas? Not anymore, because we try not to think about that stuff.
I understand how I may sound, and I don't really care. You wanted perspectives, and you got mine.
you care because he was a celebrity
That's part of the truth. After all, if he weren't a celebrity, most of us wouldn't be aware of his existence. We do not mourn celebrity- we mourn what is missing from our lives, selfish as it may be. Celebrity is what made it possible for Robin Williams to be a part of our lives, and what makes it possible for us to mourn him.
It is the memories and the associated emotions that we mourn. Robin Williams was a part of the childhood of most of the younger users on here. He was a part of the adulthood of most of the older users on here. For some, he was part of both. He had a wit and a style that could touch all but the most jaded of us.
Does anyone shed a tear for the millions starving, drying out, being hunted by animals or soldiers, or plain old fashioned murdered over seas? Not anymore, because we try not to think about that stuff.
Not anymore? More like not ever, for the overwhelming majority of people throughout history. We may be touched by a large tragedy due to its scale, but we cannot mourn that which we do not know. People die all the time, every day, but we only mourn those we feel something for, and we can only feel something for those we have some exposure to.
Your comparison to the millions of anonymous individuals dieing 'behind the scenes' (so to speak) demonstrates that you fundamentally misunderstand the concept of mourning. Mourning IS selfish- it does nothing for the departed. It is literally an expression of loss, and one cannot lose what one never had.