Aaron Swartz’s death has rocked the world and its reverberations will continue for some time to come.
Will anyone else now hang himself or herself?
Certainly, Aaron’s suicide serves to highlight the serious deficiencies in the US (in)justice system. But it’s doubtful that he hanged himself as a form of protest.
From all accounts he was clinically depressed, which can make you believe ending it all is the only way.
More than 1 million people die by suicide worldwide each year, says suicide.org.,
And in the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide, says the World Health Organization, going on:
“Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group; these figures do not include suicide attempts which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide.”
The WHO reports further
- Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (male and female). Suicide attempts are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicides.
- Although suicide rates have traditionally been highest amongst elderly males, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of all countries.
- Mental health disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse) are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide.
- However, suicide results from many complex sociocultural factors and is more likely to occur during periods of socioeconomic, family and individual crisis (e.g. loss of a loved one, unemployment, sexual orientation, difficulties with developing one’s identity, disassociation from one’s community or other social/belief group, and honour).
The global suicide rate is 16 per 100,000 population, it says, adding on average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world and almost 2 percent (1.8%) of worldwide deaths are suicides.
Meanwhile, says doctor Linda Shelton in a comment post to Aaron Swartz — the Economist and Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman.
Aaron’s death has devastated me. I and many others before and presently have tried to improve the world by working to right the wrongs that we bump into so annoyingly. Aaron in terms of Internet access to knowledge that our taxes paid for; me to make our courts transparent and information in our court system open to all so that we can bring to the light of day the corruption that is destroying us, most of all destroying children, elderly, families, and those of us who are working so hard, sacrificing so much, and mostly caring about others especially our children’s futures as well as the many before us and after us that will do the same. Yet our own government is used to destroy us in order to keep knowledge, justice, and freedom in the hands of the 1%, as well as in the hands of the corrupt, instead of in the hands of the people.
I have also been arrested on fraudulent and excessive charges apparently in efforts to try to shut me up and shut down my blogs.
I know exactly how Aaron felt. The hopelessness and despair are hard to fight.
I pray that all those who knew Aaron and heard of him will help continue what is a fight, in the case of Aaron and likely soon in my case to the death.
I hope his friends will pursue his cause with a vengeance, as well as try to help others, like me and our group of whistle blowers and activists who are seeking to bring more transparency and justice to the world, as well as stop the cover-up of the corruption that is lining the pockets of the corrupt, the connected, and the exclusive 1%, at the expense of the 99%.
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