Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It's Just Getting Started

Pasadena, CA

Last night, Wanda Dunn, 53, put her belongings onto her neighbors' porches, lit her foreclosed house on fire and shot herself.

No one can really know why someone takes their own life, but in this case signs point to the disintegrating economy, and the loss of her grandparents' home. Some neighbors say she was going to be evicted.

More tragic still is the fact that this isn't isolated. Two weeks ago Karthik Rajaram, an out of work financial advisor, murdered his family and killed himself in his Porter Ranch home. The reason he put in his suicide note? Money.

Pamela Ross shot herself in Tennessee. Carlene Balderrama took her life in Massachusetts. Both because they had lost their homes.

We're going to be seeing a lot more of this.

When it looks like your world is disintegrating all around you it's easy to caught up in hopelessness. We've all been there. Despair is frighteningly easy to succumb to.

Now, I don't know what sorts of families or friends these people had, but the one thing that drives a person down faster than anything else is when they feel isolated. We're social animals. We need support systems. If you think you've got some help, or just someone who gives a fuck, it can make all the difference.

So I ask that y'all watch out for each other. Check on your friends, your family. Make sure they're okay. You might be the one thing they need to keep them from pulling a trigger.


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