So it’s official: I’m slack when it comes to blogging.
…well, that’s not entirely true; it’s more that I have a huge amount of stuff to do lately, and I haven’t had the time to sit down and flesh out a thought long enough to get it out in writing. Today, however, I cannot help but write about a story I stumbled on while cruising the BBC News Front Page; it’s things like this that make me want to lose my faith in humanity.
Anyone who has ever felt the need to disappear, to put themselves out of misery, or to just give up will understand the gravity of this story; essentially, I’m relatively sure that this story will strike a chord with anyone who reads it.
We all know the internet can be a dangerous place, but I didn’t think it would lead to this.
And now that you’re sufficiently horrified, perhaps you’ll take a minute – like I did – and remember that the things you say, and do, affect others in a way that can drive them to do and think terrible things, sometimes.
We all teased each other in school, and that was normal – no one was exempt, really. Something like this is just so barbaric that I can hardly believe it, yet it comes from that same behaviour; we didn’t know any better when we were kids, most of us – these people should have.
The world is a pretty horrific place, I know. Thousands of people die everyday, thousands of people kill everyday, thousands go hungry, thousands are used, abused, and goodness knows what else; but when a group of supposedly decently intelligent (and I use that term as loosely as humanly possible) people allow a man – nay, convince him! – to hang himself (and watch him do it!) – to me that demonstrates the ultimate form of cruelty, the darkest and most inhumane depths of our hearts, and just how ‘evil’ we can be when we try.
He hanged himself while other internet users egged him on.
….dear God – I’m speechless.