* Back after a short hiatus. Just started my new job in Singapore.
This is the second installment of my analysis into suicide cases after my previous post on famous korean female celebrities suicide. I'm gonna share something that is going to be really disturbing with everyone. So if you are depressed or weak, it's best not to read.
368,000. Yes, that's the big number in 2012. No, that's not the number of suicide cases in the world. It's the number of searches per month, to look for the solution to commit suicide. It's an alarming rate! Do a simple maths calculation and that is 4.4 million searches a year! It makes you wonder why. Is the world getting more and more depressed?
You may think that I am being paranoid and that this figure reflects nothing but simply the work of stupid but curious people surfing the net and they don't really mean to take any action on it. HELL NO! In 2011, the suicide rates have increased 7 times more than 2010. (source: 1011now).
Ok. So what's the number 1 "Killing yourself" reason? It's a no brainer. It's depression! You have seen it. You have heard about it. You read about it somewhere. You thought that it wouldn't happen to Tom, Dick, Joe and Mary. But hell, when they are gone, you start to reflect. What causes depression?
Off my mind, I can instantly think of the top 3 reasons:
1) Relationship trouble
Famous among teenagers or youngsters. It almost seems like when a relationship ended, it is the end of the world. The world seems smaller and more meaningless. The dark cloud covers the daily life and going on seems to be a pain. One of the most famous suicide cases was a Malaysian young chap, the 22 year-old Alviss Kong.
Alviss made a shocking announcement to the world on facebook prior to taking his life and his friends thought that he was pulling a prank for some sicko attention seeking reasons. Well, he garnered over hundreds of comments and guess what..... 204 likes! What kind of person will do that? SOMEONE is counting down to his death and you click "like"? Bleeding Christ.
2) Pressure of chasing success
IS PROSPERITY a killer? Yes, it could be. In a developed nation like Singapore, kids are having early childhood education pressure. These days, most children spent their time attending tuition classes right after school. Swimming, tennis, music and ballet lessons happen during the weekends. Home work and additional reading is a daily routine. Such was the hectic life of a children in a developed nation. Competition is tight. You are either one of the bests or you will suffer like the rest. Parents forcing and threatening children to study hard are a norm. In June 2011, Krystal Aki Mizoguchi, an 18-year-old girl fell to her death in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore.
In her last blog post "Crash and Burn", she spoke of her broken dreams after poor A-Level exam results. Rumor has it that, relationship trouble was also a cause to her demise. Let's face it. There are billions of people living in this world but there are hardly enough jobs for everyone. Hell, there are hardly enough food for some people living in poor countries. In a dog-eat-dog world, only the fittest survive. In short, my friend, we are no different from baby crocodiles.
Over in South Korea, an 18 year old boy has committed suicide in the city of Daejeon - just hours before he was due to take a university entrance exam.
3) Financial difficulty
It is no surprise that the fall of the economy always causes suicide cases to rise. It's a case of "you can no longer afford to live". Bills are coming, debts are mounting and the endless desire that needs fulfilling. Often is the case that being poor is a major embarrassment to many people in this world.
An out-of-work money manager in California loses a fortune and wipes out his family in a murder-suicide. A 90-year-old Ohio widow shoots herself in the chest as authorities arrive to evict her from the modest house she called home for 38 years. In Massachusetts, a housewife who had hidden her family's mounting financial crisis from her husband sends a note to the mortgage company warning: "By the time you foreclose on my house, I'll be dead." (source: Huffingtonpost)
Texas Mayor, Jayne Peters also found herself in such desperate situation that she decided to take her daughter's and her own life with gunshots.
Some famous suicides
1) Leslie Cheung
He is arguably one of the most famous celebs of Asia. I was a fan of Leslie. His movies like "A Chinese Ghost Story", "Once a thief" and "He's a woman, She's a man" are unforgettable. A man with such an illustrious career suddenly found himself at the end of the road when he leap from the 24th floor of Mandarin Oriental on 1 April 2003. He was 46. Depression has been cited as the main reason for his suicide that shock the world.
2) Roh Moo-Hyun, ex-President of South Korea
As the President of South Korea, Mr. Roh was seen as the person who will root out corruption, by his ardent supporters. Ironically, it was corruption cases against him that brought him to his end. Roh and his family has been accused of using borrowed funds for personal use. Overwhelmed by shame and the pressure of corruption scandal surrounding his family, Roh took his life on 23 May 2009 by jumping from a 45-meter cliff. He left his final words before departing. Personally, I really feel sorry for the ex-President. His last words were:
"I am in debt to so many people. I have caused too great a burden to be placed upon them. I can't begin to fathom the countless agonies down the road. The rest of my life would only be a burden for others. I am unable to do anything because of poor health. Do not be too sad. Isn't life and death all a part of nature? Do not be sorry. Do not feel resentment toward anyone. It is fate. Cremate me. And leave only a small tombstone near home. I've thought on this for a long time."
3) Lee Yoon-Hyung, daughter of former Samsung chairman
A classic story of "Poor little rich girl". Young, beautiful, clever and bless with fortune of billions, Lee subsequently hanged herself in her Manhattan home. Her death has been a mystery and there were only mild rumors of her failed relationship with a Korean boyfriend due to the pressure from the family because of the guy's lowly status, has been circulating around. I really don't comprehend rich people. What is more important than the happiness and health of your children?
My view on life and suicide
I figured that, life has too much of a value. Perhaps to some people, it has over-exaggerated its value to the extent that they believe the after-life is a better place. Nevertheless, my view is that, God sent us here for a reason. Perhaps to learn. Hence, it will be disappointing to book an early ticket home.
So what is life after suicide? It's a scary journey. Very scary. My assumption is that, people who are not supposed to die will never get to leave this world until the time is up. They will wander as a lost soul. Living in a world that they cannot touch or feel. Ever heard of people seeing ghost? How do you explain that? If you read my 2nd blog posts (which was many years ago), you would know that I had experienced of seeing them and it's no bullshit.
So the conclusion is, Alviss, Krystal Aki, Leslie Cheung, Mr. Roh, Corinne Peters, Lee Yoon-Hyung and many others may still be around in this world (unless their time is up). And they are now wandering as lost souls, waiting for their time to go. I don't know about you. I think that kind of life is even more depressing!
May those who has left us, rest in peace.