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Phil Hands

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  1. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Peace be unto you…

  2. Balto Bill
  3. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 4 months ago

    “De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est” – and yet …
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    Robin Williams was fortunate he fit so well into show business and mass media. In any normal line of work he would have failed until he quit drugs. He made millions of dollars and willingly spent some of it on the things that messed up his mind and eventually killed him. As in some Faustian deal, eventually the drugs took the man.
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    I wonder if much of the creativity that everyone is now praising was due to recreational chemicals. I wonder if all creativity of a certain sort is due to twisting of mind chemistry so that it produces interesting things that capture our admiration? If the interesting effects are drug-induced, maybe we should forgo admiration.
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    To the extent that it causes others to take drugs to imitate the glamorous effect — that is the dark, destructive legacy of Robin Williams and other media types who chose the same path. Williams made some of us laugh, but his actions somewhere along the line also caused others to cry.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 4 months ago

    @emptc12

    Don’t confuse self medicating (Clinical Depression) with recreation.

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 4 months ago

    Ooh, how edgy. Passing judgement on the guy after he’s dead, ignoring his long history of depression. Yep, just a promotional gimmick, I’m sure.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 4 months ago

    In most of your comments, you are the most intolerant liberal I’ve ever read. You want to banish all guns, ban the eating of meat, and more. And while I’ve often thought you narrow minded, it wasn’t until I read this comment of yours that I ever thought you were…cruel… mean spirited… shallow… and less respectful adjectives.
    A more introspective person might reconsider what they have written and delete it.
    Appalled,
    C.

  7. Beau Nobo

    Beau Nobo said, 4 months ago

    Radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday said that actor Robin Williams’ alleged suicide was caused by his “political leftist” state of mind.

    “What is the left’s world view in general?” Limbaugh asked his audience the day after Williams’ death was announced. “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?”
    Says the guy who is so unhappy he has his own radio show to complain on everyday.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Emptyc swallowed that bitter pill of stupidity, ignorance, and judgmental hatred a long time ago. Knowing nothing about depression, or other mental illness, like bipolar, makes it easier for the ignorant to judge. Hmm, and there’s that “religious” slant to such judgments as well, which is self-explanatory.


    Williams was simply a brilliant performer, with clinical depression, who saw the world as it was, and could still see humor in the absurd, and in his more serious roles, the horror within the human spirit that he actually rejected himself. He was a good man, and a good performer.

  9. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 4 months ago

    @dtroutma

    Who is ignorantly judging whom?
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    Before I expressed my opinions here (on a less popular site, purposely) I made a point to ask a few dozen people at work about this. Granted, we move in similar social circles. But without exception, they thought the same as I – some vehemently more negative. Williams was about our ages, and as parents we have worried through the years about our kids using drugs. Several said Williams was a typical Hollywood bad example that we had had to guard against. I realize such anecdotal evidence is not the best.
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    We have trouble enough with our kids’ peers giving them bad examples, let alone glamorous media types pandering with humor and false impressions. To us, Williams’ frenetic routines screamed, “Druggie!” If he was not actually on drugs after some point and could behave in a reasonably normal behavior, part of his shtick was still to behave as if he was, or as a manic personality barely in control.
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    I didn’t watch anything of Williams for years for that reason. If he had improved meanwhile, that’s good. But I can’t but think he damaged himself early, and together with lack of adherence to proper counseling (which he, unlike less fortunate others, could easily afford) caused pain to his family and friends in a way that could have been avoided. Several of his film roles portrayed suicides, so he must have known as well the resulting hurt to survivors.
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    That sounds rather sanctimonious, I know. My uncle killed himself in nearly the same manner, my grandmother found him hanging that way (cried continually for three days) – and I thought for many years what a hideous and cruel thing for him to do. In hating himself, he showed hate to his family, too. We’ve forgiven him, and maybe the forgiveness wasn’t necessary.
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    I’d like to see good come from this, maybe a foundation for treatment of depressive disorders founded in Robin Williams’ honor. I’m sure his many fans and admirers would contribute for it.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    ^Rusty Hamer was friend. He played the son on “Make Room for Daddy”. When his career as child actor died, he couldn’t proceed. He moved to Texas and committed suicide some time later. Never knew him to do any drugs.


    I think Paul Peterson (Donna Reed Show) learned something. As a teen, he was a self-centered – dick. It was after Rusty’s death that Paul started a foundation/group to work with these troubled child actors, helping to them adjust. It was a turnaround.


    I’ve been around a lot of depression and PTSD, one comes often with the other, but not the same thing, which is why DEPRESSION, not PTSD is what’s causing the increasing number of suicides in troops and vets.


    The constant direct linkage of manic type comedians to drug use, is the same old stupid “Reefer Madness”. Which it’s interesting that while marijuana is constantly accused of dulling the sense, and making folks stupid, lowering I.Q.s etc, the opponents then say it’s responsible for their brilliance???


    Hard drugs like coke, PCP, opiates of all types, and abused prescription meds, are extremely dangerous, and DO destroy (literally) the brain and other tissues of use, like livers. Alcohol is the deadliest drug on the market however in many, many ways, and does make people STUPID!(literally, goodbye brain cells!)


    I"ve know attempted suicides, and suicides. I’ve know really great actors and comedians. I’ve seen alcohol lead to many of these suicides, and ruin talented people. Drugs are bad, but they get a lot of the credit alcohol deserves, and it IS the “entry level drug”, NOT Marihuana. (Tobacco’s as bad, but doesn’t damage the brain so much, just every other organ.)


    Which drugs like meth, and opiates quickly destroy bodies, minds, and lives, don’t get me wrong, but not realizing DEPRESSION most typically leads to drug use, NOT the other way around. It is then necessary to treat the underlying mental disease first….

  11. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, 4 months ago

    @Beau Nobo

    Rush Limbaugh’s comments are being taken out of context. He, like you and I, regrets Williams’ death and wants to encourage people struggling with depression to resist suicidal impulses and seek help.

  12. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 4 months ago

    @TripleAxel

    Perhaps, but he used the tragedy to take another political swipe!

  13. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 4 months ago

    @MangeyMoose

    He was commenting on the media’s take, not his opinion.And he is right.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 4 months ago

    @emptc12

    The body produces enough of its own drugs.

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