How do you make heads or tails of Robin Williams's death?
The news of it came like a ton of bricks. It seemed, like all things we love, he would last forever. And he would ease our burdens by making us laugh in so many ways.
He was genius personified. And the rare comedian who could put on the mask of tragedy.
It is sad he has left us. Puzzling too. Here was not only an enormously gifted entertainer but, by all accounts, a genuinely good person. There have been numerous testimonies to this fact in the media over the last 48 hours. His USO shows for the troops overseas. His tender acts of kindness to a young girl, a real victim of cancer, who appeared with him in the movie, "Patch Adams". His generous nurturing of aspiring stand-up comics. His selfless and loyal friendships through0ut his life.
But, like most of us, he had his personal issues and problems. No one, no matter how successful or well-off, is immune from the pain, the uncertainty, the doubts and fears of being human. He coped with these, I'm sure, in ways he thought best at the time. No one can look into the mind or heart of another individual. So who are we to judge?
But the puzzle remains. And perhaps, it will never be fully explained or solved.
To be or not to be is an eternal question. And one we all face. Robin Williams answered it in his own way. Ave atque vale. Rest in peace.