The ones who have it all!
According to the various reports, Australia is in a grip of an ugly epidemic— suicide. Even more troubling, if that is possible— youth suicide.
It seems young men and women, 25 years and younger, are committing suicide in unprecedented numbers. If the whole thing wasn’t disturbing enough it is reported that a great many of the deceased are on the surface happy, popular and have it all to leave for.
How often does it happen however? You see people in the media and they are smiling, chilling in the trendiest of eateries, staying in places where one night stay costs more than your average guy or girl earns in months, if not annually.
Whilst no one really knows what goes on in the mind of another, based on the body of evidence it can be reasonably presumed that fame and fortune are not the answers to a meaningful life. Money, power and fame cannot buy you a ticket to paradise. The price for that ticket is a totally different currency.
It’s a very similar story with men, and women, who have a different bed partner for every day of the week. Way too often these people are lonely individuals trying to fill a void by clinging to different bodies. These too discover there is no solace or succor in the kaleidoscope of passing bodies.
Money, fame, power, looks, sexual prowess, are things envied. But only by those who don’t understand and madly chase that fools gold.
As far as young people choosing death over life on Earth, the best we can do, perhaps, is pay greater attention. Listen more carefully, look more intensely, try seeing the truth behind the smiles and in the eyes. These young ones are obviously having thoughts and feelings way beyond their physical age. The way the world is today is very different, with the pressures and uncertainties, to the one the older people have experienced. We need to learn to deal with that or things will only get worse.
If we are to get real, as the “older generation,” what kind of world are we offering the younger folks? What values do we have in place? What is held up as the holy grail of achievement? Get rich, thats the measure of a man, or woman. All’s fair in love and war? War is part of life? Lying your way to prime ministership is justifiable? It’s perfectly okay for people to starve to death while you buy makeup and designer runners? No, people of the same sex cannot be married and live like aver one else?
Are these the values the young ones are meant to embrace. These are Loser Qualities.
And education, here’s one of the biggest loser qualities ever, right there. What do we teach in schools? The following quote outlines our failure as a race, thus far, brilliantly:
“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.” Neil Gaiman
Finally, I do not want to give the impression that money and fame and such things are the evil things responsible for the world’s ills.
As American humorist and writer Leo Rosten rightly said, “Money can’t buy happiness but neither can poverty.”
Money and poverty are two sides of the same coin. The coin is counterfeit. Going without and self-flagellation are as silly and senseless as wealth and power insofar as soul-freedom and soul-deep happiness are concerned.