Suicide

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TRIGGER WARNING: this essay deals with suicide.



Please note: Hullabaloo22 is not at present in any way suicidal.

Submitted: April 28, 2018

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Suicide

A while ago I had a friend called Steve Lake, who fronted a band called Zounds. Somewhere on YouTube you can find a song of theirs written at that time, called ‘Did He Jump’ which talks about suicide.

The song begins:

'Who was that on the window ledge,

Did he jump, or was he pushed?

He left a note which no one read,

In desperate hand the note just said:

Never turned my back on society,

society turned it’s back on me.

Never tried once to get out,

I just couldn’t get in from the very start’.

 

You see, there is a lot of blame put on the person who commits or even attempts to do such a thing as to kill themselves. It’s the ‘God giveth and only God can take it away’ attitude, which does nothing more than to reinforce and back up the suicidal individual’s feelings of guilt and shame.

The fact is that there are many of us who do not fit in to mainstream society, are never given a chance to. We are the misfits, those that do not truly belong, the ones that feel like somehow we have ended up living on the wrong planet.

Nobody wants to know, and there is very little support available. Since when is being a misfit a sickness. Society picks on the misfit, both as a whole and as individuals taking any and every opportunity to bully in all its various forms; making sure that we are well-aware that we are not welcome and do not really belong. Either pull yourself together and make yourself fit in, or you have a problem.

Not so. The problem is in society’s narrow-mindedness. If something isn’t right fix it or throw it away. Better yet, put a bit of pressure on and the problem will remove itself. Suicide is manslaughter carried out by uncaring individuals who bully, intimidate and push until the person can stand no more; a cold, unsupportive and unbending society is just as much to blame.

When someone dies by their own hand, ask yourself that one question: Did he jump or was he pushed? You might find yourself both shocked and surprised by the answer.


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