Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reflection on Suicide in San Diego Suburb

In San Diego, a family of four was found dead.

They lived in an upscale suburb of the city, in a cul-de-sac, an inadvertent symbol of the dead end that a comfortable life of wealth and money can bring to any soul.

Young girl, young woman about to attend her high school senior prom, mother and father, all dead.

The bodies lay floating in the pool in back.

Another body was found dead in the bathtub..

Forensic experts contend that the Father killed his wife and kids then killed himself.

The reason? Financial problems were looming over the family.

It still amazes, though, that people are amazed, astounded when seemingly happy people commit suicide. Just a few weeks ago, a young man in Palos Verdes, a senior in high school who seemed to have it all, killed himself just before his graduation. The devastating news made the front page of the Daily Breeze.

Readers still fall for the belief that if you have money, a comfortable home, a well-ff family, that you have everything you need to succeed in life. Why do people still think that they can ignore the fundamental needs within, the needs for identity, security, and purpose which rise far above social and material satisfactions.

I think that it would be in the best interest of all if reports spent less time reporting on the seemingly happy lives cut so unseemingly short, and spend more time impressing on people that where you live, who you know, and what you have do not define a joyful, successful, and sufficient life.

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