Life's a job you're fired from, unless of course you quit, sings guitarist Loudon Wainwright III in a song best left unnamed.
When the one who quits is beloved by the masses, his death passes through us like a tsunami of grief.
We grew up with Robin Williams, from sitcom to milestone films such as "Awakenings," "The Fisher King," "Dead Poets Society," "Good Will Hunting" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."
Next to "The Fisher King," I'll remember him most for "Baron Munchausen," in which he played a pompous, angry "King of the Moon."
Angry is how everyone in the leftist media has chosen to remember Williams, according to Rush Limbaugh, who said that has been the focus:
"If you notice the coverage is focused on how much he had, but it wasn't enough: 'He had everything, everything that you would think would make you happy. But it didn't.' Now, what is the left's world view in general? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist world view, it's one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They're never happy, are they? They're always angry about something. No matter what they get, they're always angry."
Later it turned out Parkinson's was among the things Robin Williams got, marking the second time since he mimicked Michael Fox that Rush has gone off the cuff on someone with the affliction.
Internet trolls got in on the discussion, too, tweeting mean comments to Williams' daughter, blaming his suicide on her.
"Look what he did to himself because of you, you heartless (B-word)," read one post, expletives deleted. Such cruelty drove her offline.
Projecting or feeling blame for a suicide is a common reaction and a pointless exercise. Such energy is best consumed sharing grief, not pointing fingers, index or middle.
We've read a lot of analysis about how often comic geniuses are depressed -- driven to personify a clown to shield their true selves. We've also read testimonials from those with depression, who confess how crippling it can be.
As a consumer of antidepressants -- having considered suicide as a teen -- I first point out that I didn't even have to start taking medication until I covered Columbus Council in 2006.
That's hilarious to me, in light of all the years I'd spent writing about dark topics such as homicide and accidental death.
Second, in the rare instance someone young is reading this, I add:
You are NOT, under ANY circumstance, to kill yourself when you are young. You have NO idea what your life will be. Tortured souls go on to become artists, writers, movie stars, scientists, billionaires. You do NOT know what the life you'd throw away could become.
It's trite but true: You never know what tomorrow will bring -- could be a nightmare, could be a dream. Don't quit now.
Tim Chitwood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-571-8508.