Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shirking Sensitivity Training Is Easier When You Think You're Anonymous

That Co-Pilot took the lives of 150 other people. Decent normal everyday people. Part of that number were 16 high school kids that deserve to live. They deserve to follow their own dreams. And if one of them choose someday commit suicide then be it. But that is their choice and they deserved to live until that or any other choices are made. Start with yourself. If you want to die, kill yourself first.
 - Carter053971, on

There have been a lot of brass, inappropriate comments being made after the actions of Andreas Lubitz, but this one really bites the bullet, not the least because it's an intensely personal opinion posted in lieu of an actual news article on a Current Events forum.

The disputes in regards to Mr Lubitz's actions are very personal to me, not just because of my (somewhat extreme) views on right of life and right of death, but also because of my personal struggles with depression.

My first problem with the whole hullabaloo is the emphasis on the high school students. There were 134 (150-16, if Carter's numbers are accurate) other people on the plane whose lives were just as important and valuable and precious to someone else as those kids. Stop acting like the lives of those kids were worth any more than anyone else's.

My second problem is with people blaming depression. Yes, it's a mental sickness; yes, it takes the lives of a great number of people every year; yes, it's a tragic thing; yes, depression is a leading cause of suicide. While those suffering from mental disorders, depression included, do have an increased risk towards other socially unacceptable behaviours, that doesn't mean that depression was the only thing going on in Mr Lubitz's head that drove him to hasten the deaths of those people.

I'm not saying I know what was going on in his head, nor that I'm a doctor with a degree in the fields of mental illness and depression. What I am saying is that I've been in the horrible place where all you want to do is end the pain the quickest way possible, so I do have some degree of insight.

The intention of suicide manifests differently for different people. For some, they have to do it the hardest and most painful way possible to punish themselves for whatever they feel they've done wrong. For others, they just want it over and done with, using suicide to end more pain than it causes.

I suspect Mr Lubitz may have been a member of the first group, and likely had some other, non-depression (but still depression-related) issues that affected his decision to bring about his death surrounded by so many others.

(Point of comfort for some of those reading this, I belong to the second group.)