Lincoln on Patriotism

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. – Abraham Lincoln

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  1. I would like to add my objection to your thoughts regarding Robin Williams. In reading your essay, my first thought was exactly how another reader felt compelled to correctly identify Robin Williams as depressed not necessarily unhappy. (Though at times the two traits do exist in many people.) Though, without a doubt I believe your apology is sincere, I still take umbrage with the fact your commentary remains on your page for others to read about the misinformation regarding depression and equating it to unhappiness.

    Like others, I was overwhelmingly sad about the death of Robin Williams and circumstances of his death. Depression does not play favorites. The illness is across all socio-economic lines. It has no boundaries. It is my personal belief that many funny people are also in great pain.

    For me, my sadness is due to the fact that another person lost their fight against their depression demons. Not just that we lost a talented, kind man. I believe you are doing a disservice to Mr Williams and the millions of other clinically diagnosed depressed people by allowing your commentary to remain unaltered on your website.

    Although your apology is duly noted, you miss the entire point by letting your commentary remain with reference to Robin Williams. Your commentary is right on the mark except it is not, based on everything I have read, applicable to Robin Williams and those others who struggle with depression on a daily basis. We can be very happy at times and yet still have clinical depression. They can be and are at many times mutually exclusive for those of us who live with the illness.

    Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.

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