Mostly seen in the baby-boomers, but suicide has increased _30%_!
30 fkn percent!
Suicide now outnumbers car accident deaths… (still amazing how many car deaths there are).
What do YOU think the cause is?! Could it possibly be the american dream has become a nightmare?
They are being born, told their nation is blessed by a dude in the sky called god and they don’t have to worry about anything.
Then they get old enough to realize it was a crock of shit and the bulk of their country hasn’t realized the lie yet.
Fuck living in the states, seriously.
It would be interesting to check global suicide rates in correspondence. I doubt the US is alone here… Overpopulation is imminent, the economy is shit, resources are becoming scarce, problem after problem – and nobody seems to give a shit. It appears the world is fucked all of our own accord… And here is ‘Murica leading the downfall. The blind are leading the blind, so these people are jumping overboard on an already sinking ship.
I’m not very knowledgeable about politics, but the US is a bully to other nations only concerned about stuffing our pockets and we are failing at that even. Capitalism isn’t going so well. I watched some of “The Flaw” and perhaps the distribution of wealth has something to do with the US suicides. 10% owning 80%, 1% owning 35%. There isn’t much money for the majority of Americans and money makes the world go round unfortunately. During the great depression suicide rates went from 14 to 17 per 100,000. thats 21%.
No one thing made these people want to die, its an accumulation of “not-goods” one after another and with this being the information age – thats no secret to those who want to know. Perhaps its too late to escape our own viscous cycle.
The US is poopy, there is no more american dream. I can’t wait to leave.
Jon, what is your opinion on this matter?
They were born in “the dream”, then poof the dream collapsed in itself and they woke up half a century later. TA-DA. What do they find?
@ijesuschrist, Someone commented on that article on nytimes.com and said “We no longer have a functioning spiritual or mythological narrative to support and guide us through difficulties. I’m not saying we can go back to what was – the dissonance between our current religions and the world we live in is to great now. We need a spirituality that can address the contemporary world. Consumerism and distraction via media and technology don’t fill the void. People are left on their own – and we see the results in, among other things, mass shooting and increased suicide.”
I think they raise an awesome point. There’s a gap right now since religion is dying out, people need something to give them meaning.
Another comment from there…
“30 hour trip to Paris from Honolulu. For three weeks I immersed myself in French culture…I spoke to everyone I could..in French. I dressed well, was polite, and everyone thought I was from Canada instead of the USA. (Les Etats-Unis)
I talked to shopkeepers, business men on the Metro, people seated next to me at the French Open…my spouse and I were doubles players. I talked with the doyennes at all the great museums, I sat at outdoor cafes on the Champs-Elysees for hours. I sat and cried at the Arc de Triomphe by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI.
For three weeks NOT ONE FRENCH CITIZEN ASKED ME WHAT I DID FOR A LIVING!! Not one!! I asked them all: “Why doesn’t anyone ask me what my job is?”
And they all said: “Because your job is not who you are!!!” Here in the USA our second or third question we ask anyone is “Hey what do you do for a living? Where do you work?”
We define ourselves in America by our profession. But I am not JUST a medical doctor! You all are not JUST business men, lawyers, teachers, writers…
But here in America that is EXACTLY how we define ourselves! We lose our job? We no longer know who we are.”
Very, very true Ellie! Thank-you for your reply!
I believe that “America” (whatever that actually IS) puts too much pressure on occupations, rather than how the individual LIVES his/her life!
Things just seem to be getting worse and worse for people living in America. Especially when you are a “99%er”.
thank you for this bit of information and comment. As a european I definitely felt judged and measured for “what I do” in US. I actually experimented this by bullshitting what I do for a living and getting treated completely different in US, but it was harder to lie in other countries because people will pick your characteristics and you;ll get caught in the lie about your professional expertise according to your fabled career
I read a lot of the comments and was amazed at how well put, educated, and insightful they are. I normally don’t read the comments on ‘news’ sites because they end up being a mud throwing game and a ‘They took our jobs’ but the comments in that thread were really pin-point.