Thursday, April 24, 2008

collectivism

the most interesting part of this story on the recent spate of suicides in japan, where people mix detergent and another substance like cleaners or bath salts to make deadly hydrogen sulfide gas, is that many of those who killed themselves appear to have put up signs first to warn others in the area of the presence of deadly gas.

not sure we'd be so conscientious during our own nadir here in the states.

*edit: a disturbing number of people seem to have come to this site after searching for something about "hydrogen sulfide gas" "detergent" "bath salts" or, in essence, "how to make". i realize that some of these visitors are really just curious, but i can't help but worry about the others; i just can't seem to get rid of the horrible feeling that at least one of these people is really interested in killing themselves or someone else. i wish, so much, that there were something i could do for these visitors, some way to reach out...if you're one of those people, i guess i can only offer a somewhat helpless plea to leave a comment or message me in some way so i could try to help.

of course, this also brings up the larger question of whether such people should be able to find what they want on the internet...i appreciate the importance of a free marketplace of ideas and information, but...access to murder/suicide weapons? :( especially when it's so easy to get lost in the caverns of your own mind, late at night, online...takes a bit more to go to a library in broad daylight or track down a professor during office hours for that sort of information.*

14 comments:

Prometheus said...

I dunno. I mean, even in North America, a lot of people will avoid killing themselves by-for example-jumping in front of a bus, because of the trauma it would cause to the bus driver and passengers. So we're not completely devoid of empathy even in our most desperate and final moments.

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