Our country, in recent times, is recording an inexplicable rise in suicide cases; a situation that has left many, including experts, very baffled.
This menace is very worrisome but more importantly, offers an opportunity for us as a people to look into this all important subject of suicide and address it before it deteriorates. This will however, demand all hands to be on deck to cleanse our society of this canker.
What is the value of a human life? There is nothing worth exchanging for a life – not one that I know of. No amount of money, fame, cars and the like stand a chance.
We are all left in the world of the unknown with no inkling on what actually triggers a person to consider self murder as a solution to a setback, no matter how big.
We don’t need to wait for the next victim to go down before taking action. These recent incidents are communicating a message – a message only a few will understand.
Our youth (who are the future of this nation) are being wiped out and our best response is to make mockery of this national threat?
Instead of campaigning and fighting against this “demon” that seems to have taken our youth captive, we have as usual, resorted to coining needless jokes around the problem. Trending on social media are a plethora of such messages which rather mock victims than offer hope. Such trending messages I have chanced upon include;
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What has become of us? Why do we have to make jokes of everything?
David Foster Wallace observed:
“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote hopelessness or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fires flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling Dont! and Hang on!’ can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
We all do have the opportunity to save the next person from committing suicide. You and I have a part to play and making jokes of this disease which is gradually eating into our society is certainly not one of such methods.
Don’t wait till suicide hits your doorstep or that of a family member before you take action.
Let’s do whatever it takes to protect and safeguard human life; for its value, the price of the world is nowhere close!
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