We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The guy was pure genius, and it is interesting to think how mental illness may have played into his genius. He didn't have boundaries that most of us have. A real loss for the world. He brought such joy to so many. He was one of those types who I like to think (and pretty sure he did) greatly help lighten the mood for many US service members overseas during his appearances and visits to them. I laughed out loud at the first few mins of this vid. No one quite like him before or since.
Probably many/most artists throughout history were bipolar. It is both a gift and a curse. Make no mistake not all bipolar is the same and while some people who are bipolar are seriously handicapped by it others are empowered by it. Mozart was obviously bipolar but it's likely all the other great musicians were less obviously bipolar. There is an interesting twist to bipolar and that is with medication most people with bipolar illness can function near normal. The twist is they no longer can function like geniuses. If Mozart had been diagnosed and medicated he wouldn't have produced any great music.