David Bowie died and left more space than any other celebrity I didn’t know except Robin Williams.
I’m both pissed off and accepting. I have to be, it happened. One, a death from cancer, which more and more people die from in our toxic world, and the other, suicide – when from the outside looking in – seemed incomprehensible. I understand depression. I understand substance abuse, and the ridiculousness life plays on all of us, but didn’t Robin Williams have resources I lacked? Was David Bowie doing all he could to cure his cancer? The answer, of course, is, probably, and, none of my business, but they both influenced my life radically.
David Bowie was the unpredictable, brilliant musician, whom I only recently learned was never comfortable on stage. Robin Williams may have never felt comfortable in his own skin, or maybe he was having a crisis, or who knows what his mental state was in order to off himself, but it’s doable is what I learned.
If things get too real, you can just go. Just go. We can off ourselves so easily, yet our survival mechanisms scream that we shouldn’t do it. So many people overcome that biological directive. I wonder if there is a god, if it hears the pain. If it cares, if it really does punish those who take their own lives, because who would kill themselves as a lark? What is there to punish?
It takes a lot to overcome the desire to live. I know. I’ve never mustered that kind of resolve, and I wonder if it matters?
I once followed a faith that basically said ‘woe to you’ if you stop following it, or believing it, and that all your good works ‘are for naught’, unless you are a true believer, and do those good works in ‘god’s’ name.
I wonder though. There are billions of people on earth, and our earth is so incredibly infinitesimal in the universe that it seems ridiculous that some ‘god-man’ has marked us out specially for Its revelation, when you can’t even pick us out from the Milky Way, never mind the entire universe!
Surely there is another race on another planet in another galaxy that has it more together than we do. And what, exactly, are we marked out for? What spiritual or godly ambition are we destined for?
We are smaller than atoms, in a universal perspective. All hail the galaxy rather than our puny little planet lost amongst the puny stars in our puny galactic neighborhood.
All I believe is that, sanctioned by a ‘god’ or not, I like being kind. I want to be a safe person, a helper, in an often frightening world. Your children are safe with me. You are safe with me.
It’s astounding that I’m better than some ‘god’, but there you go. All hail to me?
Being a light is better, to me, than adding to the darkness.
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