Suicide and the Narrative of Choice

COMPASSION… what we need is compassion for people who are suffering from any disease. For people that commits suicide or survive suicide, blame does not help or saying How can you do this! LEARN, we need to learn from another. I am still learning from my own history. This post is the best one I can relate to. As for now, I am filled with gratitude being alive. Faith, family, care givers and bloggers who shared their experience. Let us help one another understand with compassion.

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Whilst reading about the tragic death of the great Robin Williams I repeatedly stumbled upon the narrative of choice. Places like Psychcentral spoke about suicide being an “insidious choice”, but a “choice” nonetheless, so much so that they repeated the word to drive the message home. Meanwhile, whilst perusing social media I repeatedly came across variations of “people who commit suicide are selfish”, “how can anyone do that to their family?”. These sorts of comments make me twitchy. We’ve all heard them before.

In my own case they were personalised and weaponised, “How could YOU do that to your children? Do YOU not care about them?” I did, that was the problem. For some time I had felt like a millstone around the necks of my family. I loved them, but hated myself and could only see the ways I made their lives worse. After 2 failed suicide attempts in…

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A Brave New World

Caring about the air, water, and land that give us life.

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“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.”
― Chief SeattleThe Chief Seattle’s Speech

People on the Earth have not heeded environmental warnings and have lived without protecting their environment for decades.  Now, due to a huge hole in the ozone layer, the Earth’s temperature has slowly risen.  As a result of this temperature rise, the Earth’s core temperature has risen creating new volcanoes which are erupting everywhere.  There is almost complete devastation of the Earth’s surface.  However, on one small plot on Earth, a spaceship is equipped for automatic flight to a planet that is similar to Earth.

The only known survivors of the volcanic eruptions are 13 people clamoring to get aboard the spaceship.  The problem is that there is only space, oxygen, food and water aboard the spaceship to accommodate 6 people.

The people waiting to get aboard the spaceship are:

  • a 59-year old Member of Parliament
  • an 18-year old, unmarried pregnant woman who is a high-school dropout
  • an African-American third-year veterinary student
  • a 30-year old Minister
  • a homemaker of 25 years
  • a Mayor of a small town in Mexico
  • Building Maintenance Engineer
  • a 12-year old  Australian Aborigine
  • a 55-year old grocery store owner
  • a 23-year old female school teacher
  • a 45-year old male botanist who is confined to a wheelchair
  • a 55-year old retired plumber
  • President of a Corporation or Union

This material is one of a group exercise in a course I participated.  The lives of these 13 people are in our hands. It was a very interesting group dynamic on how we arrived to the chosen ones and the reason behind our choices.

Your turn: who will be the lucky six people you will choose to survive and develop the Brave New World?  Feel free to add in a brief explanation of your choice.

Photo Credit: Robert Macky