Radicalized New Yorkers. Sheer Terror. Born in Queens, New York, USA. Sheer Terror.
“Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.
Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand……”
-From Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
God Bless America. And so it is. Amen.
Today’s writing is no comedy-let me be clear – it’s from the bottom of my heart and soul. It’s a horrible feeling when you get the news that someone you admired and resonated with died, but it’s even worse when you find out they committed suicide. What makes it even more awful is when that person SEEMED to be so full of life, so wise, and so caring. So when Robin Williams killed himself, it was like a piece of our child-like happiness died too. In the past two days I’ve read and heard many ignorant and blatantly callous comments in regards to HOW he died. Idiotic comments like, “He’s in Hell now” and “He was selfish for doing that” and my all time “favorite”…….”He had EVERYTHING going for him“. Clearly, he DID NOT have EVERYTHING going for him, because when you DON’T HAVE YOUR HEALTH (this INCLUDES your MENTAL health) nothing else really matters. SEVERE CLINICAL DEPRESSION is a REAL, BONA-FIDE DISEASE but unlike cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy it is targeted for ridicule. For some reason, our society (or I should say CERTAIN people in our society) find it within themselves to BLAME the sick, depressed person instead of realizing that like any other malady, the person who suffers from the depression is at the disease’s whim. I also find it entirely LAUGHABLE that we live in a society where drugs and alcohol (a MAJOR DEPRESSANT) are GLORIFIED, ACCEPTED, ADVERTISED CONSTANTLY, WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR SOCIAL NORMS, CONSIDERED “cool” (there’s something “wrong” with you IF you DON’T partake), CAUSING COUNTLESS PHYSICAL PROBLEMS OVER PERIODS OF TIME, yet, when somebody commits suicide because the LONG TERM EFFECTS OF DRUGS/ALCOHOL have ERODED their brain’s ability to balance itself out naturally (thus CONTRIBUTING to their possible pre-disposition towards depression), certain people are SO quick to judge. To those JUDGMENTAL, ARROGANT morons, I say this: “Hey GENIUS JUDGMENTAL ARROGANT IDIOTS – the next time you go hang out at the BAR with your “cool” friends, or drink your liquid DEPRESSANT at home, know this- – it’s only by the grace of God that YOU’RE not ending up with a shotgun to your head or a rope around your neck because ALCOHOL ( a MAJOR DEPRESSant) MESSES UP your brain chemistry NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE. So all you bar owners (“I’m SO great! I OWN a bar! I help mess up people’s brain chemistry!”) , bar flies (“Hey! “We’re hanging out at the BAR! Again!”), “cool” “only-thing-you-ever-did-was-drink-alcohol-your-way-through-high school/college” alcohol worshippers who “don’t” (laughter) have a problem, (“Yo Dude we’re gettin’ shit faced tonight bro!”), in other words, all you PRO alcohol-friendly types who have STUPID THINGS to say about people who committed suicide because of depression – IT ( meaning SUICIDE) COULD HAPPEN TO YOU ANY SECOND – and when and if it does? You WON’T be getting the same kind of love that Robin Williams got after his passing. REST ASSURED! So SHUT THE FUCK UP (*sometimes you speak the language that they understand!) and stop running your ignorant, arrogant, alcoholic mouths!!!!” And so it is. Amen.