O Captain! My Captain!

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

— Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society

Other notable works by Williams which I grew up watching: Good Morning, Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Jumanji, Flubber, What Dreams May Come, August Rush, Alladin, Happy Feet, Bicentennial Man, and Patch Adams.

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2 thoughts on “O Captain! My Captain!

  1. Robin Williams death has left us all grief stricken and for many who do not understand depression, they question ‘why?’ As someone who had suffered chronic depression for 5 years due to lack of sleep from menopause, I know firsthand how debilitating depression can be and how hopeless one feels when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. And Robin, like me, sought treatment in different ways, but sometimes taking anti-depressants may treat the cause, but the side effects can be worse because those medications can cause you to have suicidal thoughts. If Robin’s death was due to suicide, it was not because he was weak, as depression is not a weakness, it’s an illness. Robin fought a valiant battle and now we should not focus on how he died, but how he lived, and the amazing gift he gave us of his incredible acting skills and his wonderful sense of humor that will live on his movies and TV roles. We love you Robin and you will be dearly missed.

    And now more so than ever, with Robin’s death, my goal is to erase the stigma that is associated with depression and make people understand that it’s an illness and not a weakness. We would not judge someone who has cancer so why do we judge someone who has a mental illness? If you know of someone who is suffering from depression, give them your wholehearted support, do not sweep it under the rug as if it does not exist, or be ashamed to talk about it. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and many of them do not seek help because of the guilt that they feel so Robin’s death should be not be in the vain. It’s a wake-up call for us to take action to help those who are depressed and bring awareness of this issue. Those suffering from depression desperately need to know that there’s someone that they can turn to who will be non-judgmental as they struggle to come out of the darkness.

    Donna Lyons

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