The subtitle of my site is that I discuss all the “important stuff in America.”
Every now and then a tragedy occurs that brings into focus something that is very important, and that is living itself. This past weekend, a young man that I knew made the tragic decision to take his own life. At the tender age of 15 he decided that it wasn’t worth pursuing happiness in this life and cut short the opportunity. That is a tragedy, because at age 15 we only begin to understand the world outside of the one our parents created for us.
A life well lived can never occur if we don’t give it a chance. Debates on politics, religion and other important stuff fall by the wayside when there is such despair that we can’t continue.
This young man’s passing gives rise to all sorts of thoughts. Thoughts of guilt to what if I had done more to help him? Thoughts of clinical depression possibly undiagnosed. Thoughts of empathy for the pain of those closest to him, for those people may ask those same questions for the rest of their lives, wondering what could have been, should he given life a chance.
Sometimes when debating politics and religion we forget that the person on the other side of our argument is indeed a person. They have insecurities, losses, loves, tragedies, and successes just like us. It is easy to think that others understand life the same way we do, but reality is, not everybody interprets life the same way, hence our intellectual divisions and emotional divides.
Regardless of our position on a particular issue, I hope we all remember that we are in this together, and when somebody needs a helping hand, a hug, or just a little compassion and empathy, that we are there to fill the need, so that they feel enough joy to continue the journey.