Goodbye, Mr. Williams
August 14, 2014
A tragic end to the legendary actor’s life has Moiré reflecting on genius, depression, and love.
This week the world lost an enduring icon of creativity – Mr. Robin Williams. I feel deeply saddened by this event and even more saddened when I realize how many of the brilliantly creative people I know suffer from such terrible depression. I have spoken to many of them about this subject – as it is a well known issue in the creative community. You might just say “take a pill”, but it is, unfortunately, not that simple for most. You see, if one takes a pill to ease the suffering of the great lows, then it has almost certainly the exact same effect on the great highs of creativity. Those great high moments have brought the world some of its most moving, inspiring, and even spiritual pieces of art, film, theater, and music.
If you know an artistic soul that suffers, or are one yourself, you might want to read a fantastic book on the subject, “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament” by Kay Redfield Jamison. It offers great insight on the creative personality and the depression that plagues so many.
Above all, my faithful readers, know that everyone – creative personality or not – needs love and support.
Love each other.
Lift each other up, and remember –the least expensive gift to give is just a little of your time.