For my final paper in Media Theory and Ethics, I decided to write about how suicide is covered in the media. This decision came after two losses this summer and one a few weeks ago of people who were at one point or another, considered a friend. Even though it is a crucial topic to discuss, I hardly ever hear people talking about suicide within the ‘Christian’ circle. Why is this? From my experiences, those we have lost are generally non-believers. Shouldn’t we be reaching out to them more than others? Unfortunately we are not. Suicide tends to come when we least expect it and have the greatest impact on us. In my opinion, it is the saddest way to lose a human life. In recent years, the rate of suicide is increasing, especially in Asian countries. In Hong Kong, the number one cause of death for women is suicide. NUMBER ONE. It is quite difficult for me to wrap my mind around this.
This paper has also enabled me to reflect on my own life and truly count my blessings. Especially during the holiday season, I have so much to be thankful for. I have never been through something so difficult that I have considered taking my own life, and for that I am thankful. There are people in this world who deal with these situations on a daily basis and can think of no other way to escape the pain. They have no refuge, no stronghold, no support system. They have no Jesus. I know that I can often complain about what is lacking in my life or how frustrated it can be, but in reality I could not be happier. My family is one of the best support systems I have ever encountered. The friends I have made, especially while being at Taylor, care more than I could have ever hoped for. For that, I am truly truly truly thankful.
My prayer is that as a body of Christ, we will begin to take notice of those struggling around us. Don’t push it under the rug. If someone is crying out, listen, pay attention to them, react. It is so easy to act like everything is okay; it is so easy to put a fake band-aid on all of our messed up situations. We could save lives if we just learn to love. Love and be loved. Care and confront.