Tuesday, July 2, 2013

And suicide a knee-jerk reaction

Ernest Hemingway committed suicide on this day in 1961.

"Hemingway was a jerk." -- Harold Robbins.

An article in the New York Times explores the persistent phenomenon of suicide. More people die by suicide annually than by murder and warfare combined. In the United States, suicide tolls have held steady since 1942. Worldwide, about a million people kill themselves each year. In short, a lot of people will always agree with Pliny the Elder (AD 23 - AD 79), who wrote: "Amid the sufferings of life on earth, suicide is God's best gift to man."

Read the Times article