And once more tears came to my eyes. When did I become such a softie?
That has happened a lot these last several hours since I heard that Robin Williams had died.
I’ve had tears.
When I heard it. When I read a comment. When I read the comment by our President. When I read an article in The Elephant. When I saw a meme. When I watched a clip from Dead Poets Society.
This quote has always spoken deeply to me. And I always thought of him as some kind of kindred spirit for a variety of reasons. One of my favorite people.
Today I was listening to Terry Gross on Fresh Air (NPR) today playing a 2006 interview with Robin Williams.
I was struck senseless by this sentence that he said.
Play the interview.
At 34:10 or so.
I made a meme.
Ben Daniels (@archofstars) said:
It was a joke – implying it’s a sentiment he believed seems misleading: https://archive.org/download/WilliamsSuicideHotline/WilliamsSuicideHotline.mp3. Here’s something that came from him, not a character he made up: ‘I get bummed, like I think a lot of us do at certain times. You look at the world and go, “Whoa.” And then other moments, you look and go, “Oh. Things are OK.”‘