The reports in the media on the increased numbers of suicides have led some commentators to demand extra financial support for struggling businessmen, but I am afraid that this idea misses the point completely.
The suicides reported by the press would have not been prevented if some system of financial subsidies had been put in place, since there is no guarantee that the subsidies would have been granted to the right persons when their need was most pressing.
An impartial analysis of the situation must begin by paying a close attention to the statements made by those who have taken their own lives. It is very telling to read repeatedly in the suicide reports that the deceased persons “had not seen their problems coming” and that they felt “unable to find a way out the crisis.”
Hopelessness, despondency and shame are the real reasons behind the wave of suicides in Europe. Those are the factors that have really led people to put an end to their lives.
At least some of those unfortunate deaths have not been caused by hunger and physical pain, but by a wrong philosophy, by a distorted world-view that is driving so many men and women to despair. Each of those unnecessary deaths breaks my heart. They are cruel, unfair, wasteful and catastrophic.
The crucial question to ask is whether the businessmen and the unemployed that have regrettably committed suicide would have remained alive if they had adopted preventive measures to cushion the sort of financial troubles that nowadays can happen to anyone, in any country, from one moment to the next.
I can certainly not judge those persons as individuals, since I do not know all the details of their personal circumstances. My concern is focused primary on the future, on the prevention of similar misfortunes when the difficulties become overwhelming. My goal is to prevent that you, the reader, will ever find yourself in a situation where you find all doors closed.
To be continued in the next post.
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