“For who knows what is
good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through
like a shadow?” (Eccl. 6:12)
The famous actor, Robin Williams committed suicide at his home and
ended his 63 marvelous years of life. Robin was born to an upper class
family in the suburbs of Chicago. His father was an executive at Ford. When
he was a young kid, he was considered shy and funny, but later recognized for
his great potential for being an actor by his teachers at Juilliard School in
New York. Although he began with stand-up comedy at a night club, then later
became a TV actor, he had a lot hardships. In 1978, he made a sensation by
playing the role of a space alien in the TV series “Mork and Mindy”. After
that, he made many movies. He was nominated three times for the Academy
Awards and won a Best Supporting Actor award. Everyone remembers his role as
Although, we all admired his wit and talent,
Robin was often frustrated,
when thinking up new jokes. He did not come to fame through just reading
lines of a script, his film
directors would leave a blank space in the screenplay
for him to have the freedom to improvise and play. He admitted in
interviews that his life was in a mess due to alcohol and drugs, from
the pressure of performing. He was willing to help people, and often donated
his time and money to the
troops overseas and for street performers.
He always wanted people to
smile and laugh. Robin was married three times and had three children.
His improvisational personality, made it difficult to maintain
close relationships with people.
Before he ended his life, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and the drugs that he
took made him depressed and
Robin represents what this world can give
us in happiness; which is
temporary and not lasting, being
rich, but without content, initially exciting, but leaves a bitter aftertaste, broad, but does not meet
needs. His life began with comedy,
but ended in tragedy, in the
end, all is nothing.
What type of
should we take in our role in life?
Escape reality and enjoy ourselves, through Escapism?
Or face reality, and enjoy happiness in the midst of bitterness? We should not accept either, but should rely on
God for our lives
and role in life. The biggest enjoyment
in life should be to seize every moment, and enjoy God’s grace, and with a grateful heart worship Him, and help people know Him. Only when we as
finite beings are connected with the infinite Creator, can we have
real meaning in life.