Robin Williams as Patch Adams (Butterfly Scene)

After seeing a photo of Robin Williams with a butterfly, I found this scene of him playing the part of Patch Adams as he mourns the death of Carin (his girlfriend), questions God about human suffering, and contemplates suicide. He chooses to live and is then visited by an amazing monarch butterfly. He sees this as a message from God and Carin who once told him how she always wished she was a caterpillar that could someday transform itself and fly away. Seeing this reminds me of how symbolic it is that the caterpillar's struggle is why we are able to appreciate the beauty and freedom represented by the butterfly. Likewise, all the struggle we experience allows us to define and appreciate overcoming, transforming and evolving beyond that struggle. Although it appears that Robin killed himself, I believe he would want those dealing with depression to make the same choice Patch Adams did here; to keep living, to be open to the magnificence of life, to know we are forever connected to our loved ones, and to understand that there is a great, sacred, evolutionary purpose to it all.

Thank you, Robin, for all the warm, kind, loving, and joyous energy you brought into this world.

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Comment by debra cusick on August 13, 2014 at 8:38pm

Yes, Robin, thank you. I know your demons are far behind now and you know eternal peace and the perfection of the One.

Comment by Kati Short on August 12, 2014 at 11:02pm

This is a beautiful clip and what you say is uplifting until you get to the end where you just had to preach.  You cannot imagine the pain others feel and to tell them to keep living is almost like a challenge and an insult to another's feelings.  Had you stopped with "...Patch Adams did here" this would have been a strong positive message.  I believe you just come across as yet another un-understanding speaker.

Comment by Margie Gomez on August 12, 2014 at 5:22pm
The world already and always will miss you Robin. Thanks for bringing in a little sunshine and laughter into my life throughout my life. RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS with deep admiration, Margie Gomez.

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