This past Monday evening the country was stunned with news of the passing of Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams at the age of 63. As reported by many news outlets, Williams’ death is the result of an apparent suicide after battling years of depression and substance abuse. Widely considered the funniest man alive in the mid-90’s, and also capable of tackling deep dramatic roles, Robin Williams leaves behind a wife and two children.
Just by reading that word an image or a thought has come to mind for you. Maybe it’s a family member or friend. Maybe it’s a commercial on depression medication. Maybe it’s an image of hell.
It’s not something we’ve really covered yet with our moral dilemma dialogues. But it’s the topic Logan and Gene will be tackling this month when they examine the 2008 film Seven Pounds. Will Smith stars in this movie directed by Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness). This is one of Smith’s least known films, but quite possibly his most thought-provoking (and second highest rated, according to IMdB). If you have not seen it you may want to give it a viewing before reading on. Major spoilers will be included in this moral dilemma dialogue.