Preventing Miseries


 I have an associate of around fifteen years. I work with him on and off in nanotechnology areas. I have nothing except for the highest respect, admiration and caring for him because he is ethical, kindly, dedicated to serving the best interests of humanity, and he is honorable in terms of using his best skills and understandings to train students at his university. … He is the clean room director at a major US university and he is one of the finest persons whom one could come across in life.

So we starting to talk about work related issues that could be unified and suddenly, he says to me, “I have to go” “Why?” I ask. … He just got an alert.

Someone, a former student, either jumped or fell from a sixteenth story balcony at a building where my daughter had had an office on the 22nd floor. … I suppose that he had identify the squashed body under a plastic tarp, work with the police to see whether foul play was involved and maybe be the person to inform the parents of the dead person of the situation … and, then, there is all of the grief counseling with the crying students and others. … He has his hands full. So I’m not talking to him for a few days involving this alternative work from his normal job.

Now, I want to know the reason that someone of his ilk and temperament has to deal with this nightmare. My heart breaks for him (a sensitive caring person filled with integrity and trying to best serve out of his being), the person who died, the family of this person and all of the people traumatized by this event. How heartbreaking!

The only way to stop some of these sorts of events is to help people find meaning and purpose in life, as well as professional health care help. Otherwise we will all suffer, although some like my work associate and others more than others more remote in such situations.

This sort of deplorable happening must end. If not, more and more of us will be hurt by similar events around us. Accordingly, we must try to assist those at peril. If we don’t, we all pay the price.

I read this piece with now fresh grief in my heart: Slow Suicide and the Abandonment of the World. Young people jumping out of sixteen floor balconies or hanging themselves to death like a thirteen year old who I knew doesn’t cut the grade.We absolutely have got to come up with a better way forward.

Sally Dugman is a writer from MA, USA.



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