I read about two suicides this morning - one by a 53-year old wife and mother, who shot herself to death Tuesday afternoon, 90 minutes before her foreclosed home was scheduled to be sold at auction, the other by the 41-year old acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, who had been criticized heavily for reckless business practices that some argue contributed to the housing and financial crisis.
Now, I'm sorry, but this is such shoddy, superficial - and typical - reporting. As if it's actually understandable that a person might kill themselves for such superficial reasons. Really.
Why would someone commit suicide over the loss of a house or a business, or even over some criticism? The answer is - they wouldn't!
In almost all circumstance, suicide is the big, final "FUCK YOU!" by someone who is so full of old, festered, primal rage that has never been touched through any in-depth self-work that the only relief, ultimately, is the explosive acting out of self-annihilation. They have been so enraged for so long, in fact, way before any current "precipitating" events, that they have been gutted from the inside and have lost any connection consciously to their souls. And make no mistake, the person committing the act of suicide is very aware of the potential impact on the significant others in their lives. In some ways, that's the whole point.
"Now, you'll see how angry I am. Now, you'll appreciate how much I've suffered. Now, you'll feel sorry for criticizing me." BOOM! "How do you like this?!"
Please, folks, let's call things what they are.