Throughout the history of man, life has always been a struggle. Think about recently-wedded Neanderthal man (whose wife has now just given birth) running after gazelles for his family’s lunch! Death is painful too and nobody wants to die! But enter the suicidal individual and these norms are turned upside-down. Up to date, nobody has really figured what drives a person to commit suicide. If only they would wake up from death and explain a little.
Those who have attempted suicide are the closest we can get to understanding it. However, even they cannot tell us what really drives one to tap out. An attempt does not count on the Nestwebia score-sheet. If they messed up their own self-planned death, how can we trust them to do anything right? Can they give us the truth? Some deliberately make sure they will not die so that they get treated special and with kid-gloves in future!
Both the rich and poor commit suicide. Poverty is not a direct associate of suicide but age is a more direct confederate of suicide. Statistics on Suicide by the WHO (World Health Organization) speak boldly to us. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds with 78% of global suicides occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms are the common methods of choice for the suicidal fellas who cannot muster the courage to slit their own throats or cut their wrists.
Suicide is a global phenomenon; in fact, 78% of suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2015. Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 17th leading cause of death in 2015.
Who commits suicide?
On a light note, we say that suicide is telling God ‘I quit, you don’t get to fire me!’ You resign from the job of living on your own terms but not wait to be sent home on His terms and without a pension. For those who do not believe in God, what jokes do you tell about suicide? Share a few in the comments.
Oh what a terrible thing suicide is!
On a social level, the first effect of taking your own life is your death as the perpetrator. The people around you are also affected for some time. They will wonder why you opted out for a number of years, and then forget about that crap. Life has a way of moving on and progressing with or without you. Sometimes, you can make their life easy by leaving a note. Well, even if you do not leave a note, we have ways of figuring out why you took yourself out anyway.
When it Beckons
If you have suicidal thoughts, here are a few things to do;
- Life is not easy. Man up and face it squarely.
- Are you overambitious? Drop that stuff.
- Seek professional help from a counselor or psychologist if you can access it, and if you can afford it.
- If there is someone you can talk to about the issues you are facing, do it ASAP.
- If none of the above seem sensible to you, grab a pesticide or some strong rope that can hold your weight.
Social pressure is not easy to deal with and some people still have suicidal tendencies after you have talked with them and gone through the problems they are facing. It is like something is calling them to their painful death. Let them be, because if they are serious about switching off their lights you are never gonna stop em’.
Role of Parents
Parents, watch your children well. Be involved in their lives and give them support in some of the things they try out. Additionally, allow them some space for their own growth independently from you, but keep an eye on your little humans. If you detect withdrawal, quickly find out the reason(s). If you do not do that, be open to the possibility of a suicide note and a dead body accompanying it.
Let us end this article with a quote from the book ‘Modern French Philosophy: From Existentialism to Postmodernism’. The book is written by Robert Wicks. “Although life for me is torture, I cannot renounce it, because I do not believe in the absolute values in whose name I would sacrifice myself. If I were to be totally sincere, I would say that I do not know why I live and why I do not stop living. The answer probably lies in the irrational character of life which remains itself without reason.”