Captain Ron Johnson’s speech at the Ferguson rally is so genuine and honest.
“The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.” ―Dr. Cornel West
I love this man’s work and voice with a screaming passion. If you haven’t read “Hope On A Tightrope,” check it out- such a remarkable and enlightening read.
I am grappling with a statement made in an article Rolling Stone Magazine wrote, “Robin Williams Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says.”
The quote from his wife is as follows:
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she wrote.
Please note: Robin Williams was NOT YET READY TO SHARE PUBLICLY. Forgive me, but I take umbrage with this statement. Even though he died, I fear she is saying that Robin’s right to privacy ends.
In life and in death, I believe that everyone is entitled to their privacy. If this information was not something that Robin didn’t want to share, why the fuck was it released?
Dealing with disease, health, personal issues, whatever, is task enough. Shouldn’t the individual have the right to share it, whatever “it” is on their terms and in their own way?
Though we’ll never know if this is something he planned to share, his choice to share or not was ripped from him. To me, that’s unconscionable.
On the other hand, has her statement brought more awareness to Parkinson’s disease? Will others suffering come forth or seek help and support? If so, that’s wonderful.
What do you think?
Schwartz gifted me with the opportunity to bring the column to life. The first installation can be found here. Every two weeks, a new column will be posted.
NEW installation of “Is It Jewish,” where I review Palmolive, iPhones and Peel and Seal Envelopes and determine if they’re Jewish or not. Was I right? You be the judge.
NEW installation of “Is It Jewish,” where I review the ever important Beanie Babies, the Collected Works of Beethoven and Blow-up sex dolls.
THIS IS SO FUNNY, YOU’LL PISS YOURSELF LAUGHING.
While we’re on the topic, from a “religious” perspective, it’s okay to cover Viagra, vasectomies and vaccines, but according to someone’s discussion with Jesus, he withdraws support for my vagina’s reproductive rights?!
I don’t think so. The man saved a broad from being stoned to death, or did you conveniently forget that bit in the bestselling fiction of all time?
when God created love he didn’t help most
when God created dogs He didn’t help dogs
when God created plants that was average
when God created hate we had a standard utility
when God created me He created me
when God created the monkey He was asleep
when He created the giraffe He was drunk
when He created narcotics He was high
and when He created suicide He was low
when He created you lying in bed
He knew what He was doing
He was drunk and He was high
and He created the mountains and the sea and fire at the same time
He made some mistakes
but when He created you lying in bed
He came all over His Blessed Universe.”
― Charles Bukowski