Thursday, September 30, 2010
Social Pressure = Suicide
There are many things from my past that sometimes I wish I could leave in the past, but history is renowned for repeating itself. Reading the article about the US man who jumped off a bridge because he had been outed on the internet by some bullies who were having a laugh, brought back sober memories. I remember a time when I was young, a young adult neighbour committed suicide because the monogamous family that he was raised in could not accept any other way but their own. It was a terrible experience. It seemed like he tried to make a statement with his death, and hanged himself from the chandelier right in front of the front door of his parent's house. When his mother came home from work, he was the first thing that she saw upon opening the door. We lived almost directly across the street and could see into his house when his front door was open, an almost direct line of sight to where he was hanging. It was a terrible, tragic loss. There have been many good children, young adults, and adults lost to suicide, all because of the nasty social stigma against their polygamist beliefs. It is my hope that someday society will accept the innocent, harmless feelings of others, even the minorities, and will not treat them as criminal just for the sake of following their hearts.