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Robin Williams' 'spark of madness' let him soar above his demons
Robin Williams' 'spark of madness' let him soar above his demons

Robin Williams did not have a mere spark of madness, he was a bonfire. Given the apparent circumstances of his death – severe depression leading to suicide – some might ask if he burned too hot for his own good. Was the “spark of madness” truly the precious gift he considered it to be? Or is it a dangerous thing that we need to smother with rationality and restraint? “You’re only given one little spark of madness,” Williams said. “You mustn’t lose it.” I very much doubt the “madness” of which he spoke had anything to do with mental illness. Rather, it is the spark of impulse, insight, enthusiasm and inspiration...

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