The world mourns the loss of another hero. Yesterday, actor/comedian Robin Williams was found dead at his home. Initial reports suggested that the star of Mork and Mindy and Dead Poet’s Society had taken his own life.
Williams who, reportedly, had recently experienced severe depression, is the latest famous casualty of a disorder which claims dozens of lives daily. The disorder, aka, mental illness affects 1 in 3 people at some point in their lives.
When digesting the devastating news, I noted with more than a hint of irony, that the latest instalment of my online serial about bipolar superhero, Luna had been posted that very day. In contrast to highlighting the stark reality of the effects of mental health issues on the individual in the empirical realm, my serial depicts bipolar disorder as extraordinary. Luna’s bipolar elevates her above the homogenous, “sane,” masses. She is both gifted and cursed by her superhero abilities, bipolar 1, 2 and her own, 3.
Influencing the apparent contradiction between the nature of the existence of mental illness in the real world and that present in my fictional universe, is my belief that mental distress signifies a heightened and superior consciousness. At times of great distress, we access thoughts and emotions prohibited to those whose demeanours are more emotionally stable. During these times we undergo an internal battle, whose outcome may or may not be dependant on our brain chemistry. Robin Williams lost his battle, but Luna is doomed to win hers. Like Robin’s performances, fiction does not have to reflect reality, but, rather, makes life more fun.
Luna (the bipolar superhero) was initially published on http://www.artificecomics.com
NOW you can follow her adventures on imaginalist, please see my previous post for the link.