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Steve Benson

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum (“Of the dead, nothing unless good.”) and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] (“Of the dead, nothing [spoken] unless good.”) indicate that it is socially inappropriate to speak ill of the dead. As a mortuary aphorism, De mortuis. . . . derives from the Latin sentence De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est (“Of the dead nothing but good is to be said”), which also is abbreviated as Nil nisi bonum. In English usage, freer translations are the aphoristic phrases “Speak no ill of the dead”, “Of the dead, speak no evil”, and “Do not speak ill of the dead”.

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    Chilon of Sparta coined the phrase De mortuis nihil nisi bonum. (ca. 600 BC)
    The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, by Diogenes Laërtius (1594)The first recorded use of the phrase of mortuary respect, dates from the 4th century, published in the Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (ca. AD 300), Book 1, Chapter 70, by Diogenes Laërtius, wherein the Greek aphorism τὸν τεθνηκóτα μὴ κακολογεῖν (“Don’t badmouth a dead man”) is attributed to Chilon of Sparta (ca. 600 BC), one of the Seven Sages of Greece. In the 15th century, during the Italian Renaissance, the humanist monk Ambrogio Traversari translated Diogenes’s Greek book into Latin, as Laertii Diogenis vitae et sententiae eorum qui in philosophia probati fuerunt (1433), and so popularized De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, the Latin aphorism advising respect for the dead.

  2. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    a volunteer, not a victim

  3. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 1 year ago

    However, he still has family, friends and admirers. We should be aware of that and speak no evil of the dead. It simply isn’t that hard to be decent.

  4. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 1 year ago

    No. But … how is pointing out the true manner of his death ‘speaking ill’ of him ..?

  5. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck said, about 1 year ago

    Suicide is not necessarily a one-moment thing. It is quite possible to commit slow, steady suicide. Lots of people do it.

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    A friend pointed out that he had seen more people destroyed by reality than by drugs.

  7. Baleine

    Baleine said, about 1 year ago

    Its too bad some people are so narrow minded and cruel that can’t see how his death offers another opportunity to remind people that drugs like heroin effect people of all walks of life and are not limited by things like class and race.
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    Since doctor warbucks and harleyquinn have gone out of their way to make internet trolls look bad they should be the ones to explain it.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I wish as I was as certain of anything
    as you are as certain of everything.

  9. wiatr

    wiatr GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I can honestly say I have never seen any of his films and had no mental picture to attach his name to until this past Monday. OTOH, I knew the gentleman who played Nellie Olsen’s father from many movies and TV shows over the years. His name has escaped me, of course, but I know he was married a long time to his wife with whom he worked occasionally.
    I gave up worrying about Oscars a lo-o-ong time ago when it occurred to me that none of my favourite actors or movies ever won.

  10. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Baleine

    Its too bad some people are so narrow minded and cruel that can’t see how his death offers another opportunity to remind people that drugs like heroin effect people of all walks of life"
    is that not what I am doing? The guy had this and that and money enough to buy what ever. Yet he volunteered to fill a void with a drug and check out of reality of what he had. It is very sad and very real that we showed all be aware that we have free will and a choice! He was no victim! He did it of his own free will. He had things but lacked. I could go all preacher, I fill the void with my spiritual belief. I am a sinner no better then him. But I am forgiven through my faith in Jesus Christ. Maybe if he filled the void with something more powerful then himself instead of drug of this world that checks you out of reality, he would still be alive.
    But what it boils down to? He volunteer for what? oh it could not happen to him, but it could and did.
    Now are you going to be a volunteer? Or a non victim because of what you chose.

  11. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    He didn’t care enough about himself, his family, his craft to stay off drugs

  12. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    No real psychologist would fall into the logical error of “blaming the victim.”
    And it a liberal who labels him a victim! That has been my point! The guy was a volunteer. I see no one else sticking the needle into his arm, you can not even cry but but he poor and that why… He volunteered to check out of reality and lost the coin toss to check back in. But it was his choice!

  13. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    wa wa wa, he is depressed he can handle it, wa wa wa he an addict, oh please. I stand by what I said, he volunteered to be addict. If you do not know that well duh that can hook you then you should also have sharp objects taken from you. An oh wa he depressed, a artist that is depressed and blah blah blah, he had no power over the needle. Please spare me. He had a hole in his life, he filled it with a drug, a drug he knew was illegal and highly addictive. He did it. He volunteered to spin the wheel.
    And BS, "decision mechanism does not work the same as ours. "
    oh please, every has the same choice in life. You saying because he was what? sad? that it made him he was just powerless, oh BS squared. It is not that he “intentionally chose to die” no but he did want to check out of reality for a while. He knew the risks, and he lost.
    cry me another one.

  14. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The same liberal who are calling him a victim, are the same ones who call Rush an addict. One had a drug prescribed for a reason, it went bad. The other had it good but took a drug to change what he had, it went bad. Sorry, but one is a victim in that he did not choose to go down the road, it was decided this is what he needed at the time, then it went out of control. The other? Why did he start? did he “need” it? was he trying to dull the pain from a problem he had in his ears? Or was he just trying to have a good time and ooops that drug was just toooo hard for me, I sad and can not handle it.. Those bags just were dropped on my door step, I had no choice but to shoot up…
    Victim vs volunteer you decide.

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    Merriam-Webster: victim: noun: 1. a person who has been attacked, injured, robbed, or killed by someone else; 2. a person who is cheated or fooled by someone else; 3. someone or something that is harmed by an unpleasant event (such as an illness or accident)

    PSH’s death clearly doesn’t fall into the first 2 definitions, but you could make a case that his accidental death makes him a victim under the third definition.

    I prefer to think that he was a victim of the human condition (although it was totally avoidable).

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