The unique, surprising and wonderful actor/comedian/human being, Robin Williams apparently took his own life yesterday via asphyxiation. Immediately people in the media began doing what they always do, calling the person who committed suicide: sad, depressed, drug addicted, manic-depressive, and certainly with some kind of mental illness to which we must now all pay more attention in our society. It is not “normal” for a person to commit suicide, but it can be rational. Normal would be to follow our genetic Darwinian programming to always fight to extend our lives no matter what. We (human beings) have come to where we are today through millions of years of evolution and the long difficult process of natural selection. The trait to fight for life, no matter what, is one that was necessary for any gene pool to survive and progress. Those that would give up, or jump off a cliff self-selected out until today we see people living in conditions throughout the world, and in their personal lives who do so out of sheer instinct (genetic programming). To automatically say that a person is mentally ill when they look at the world, and at their life, and conclude that they have had enough is wrong. They may be mentally ill, or they may just be looking rationally at their lives and then making a rational decision to stop. Because the programming of most people will not let them see this, and that it in fact scares them, they try to explain it away. Maybe we could just say he was a great man who decided he had done enough. We will all miss him.