The publicity around Robin Williams' death has me wondering about those who are reacting with so much anger and hatred about the fact that he appears to have taken his own life. Yes, I get that it's often seen as a selfish or cowardly act, but why don't people understand that suicides usually result from a life spent struggling with addiction, depression, or other illness? Why can't people show some compassion for the poor soul who felt there was no other way, or for the family and friends left behind to deal with it all? What about considering the positive impact they made on the world all while burying their pain internally?
In Williams' case, he did tons of charity work, devoted a lot of time to entertaining the troops, and truly sought to make a difference in the world, even while he made us laugh with Mrs. Doubtfire, think with Dead Poets Society, or maybe just shake our head like with License to Wed. The fact that he took his own life doesn't negate all of that, or mean we shouldn't care that he's gone. He was a human being and worthy of some compassion just on that alone, but he also suffered and for that we should be truly sincerely sorry and looking into our own lives for others around us who may be privately suffering just as much as he did.
Why don't people have sympathy for suicides?