Friday, November 21, 2008

F***ing do it. Get on with it

That was a comment posted on live stream show of a young man actually committing suicide.

I don't know what I feel more of. Disgust or Sorrow.

I have said before that there are very rare times when circumstances call for the taking of a human life, but it should never be for pleasure or entertainment (or even gain) and even when needed it should be viewed as a tragedy, and a time for introspection and soul searching. Many who were watching him considered this nothing more than a macabre form of entertainment, no better than those who cheered gladiators.

I note with some relief that ONE viewer made an effort to contact the police to save the young man's life but ONE of HOW MANY?

At least the provider that unwittingly allowed the live-stream to broadcast has taken it down. Sadly it's probably making the rounds in other forms as I write.

Story here.

Update: Looks like the family is understandably quite upset. Their reaction is at the FOX news site.

11 Comments:

Blogger Joe said...

Since the sixties we have done a really bad job of communicating the value of human life. Not that there have never been suicides, but they are ever more pervasive and more and more public.

Sad, I think is right...sad.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Greywolfe said...

Joe, I have to disagree with you. We have not done a bad job of communicating the value of human life, we have done a spectacularly good job of destroying the sanctity of human life. We have government sponsered abortions that anyone with a soul would say is abhorant (partial birth and other late term abortions are just the most heinous).
We teach our kids in school that anything that they want to do is ok as long as it feels good to them. We take away all of the structure that, for hundreds of years, gave our family and society strenght and resilience. We have tried to murder God and abrogated his laws.

As a society we have turned our back on God. We deny him his authority and place in our children's lives. We tell them to believe but don't live what you believe. That's like trying to prop up God as a type of Santa Claus.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Saw this at work today and showed it to our Social Worker. Keep in mind we have seen a lot, this shocked us. The internet is a wonderous thing but it is also making people detached. The people that watched this were real whackjobs but the internet makes it easy for them because it doesn't seem real.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Z said...

How horrid this is...I can't even think clearly enough to write anything.

But I will say Greywolfe is SO right..we're desanctifying human life: Group nudity for photo ops, children born out of wedlock, abortions, people going to jail longer for killing a puppy than a human, very explicit sex on TV... so much is being done to bring us down to the level of pets.....
unholy, undignified, unGodly........

All based on taking God out of everything..So sad...and SO dangerous for a society, in my humble opinion.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I'm sorry that I followed the link to read the story. It's not like I'm shocked. I'm not. I just feel so sad that I (nor anyone else) was not there to help this child.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I am shocked that anyone would be so callous as to tell him to "get on with it". Jesus weeps!

Greywolf is absolutely right, and this is all so sad it's beyond description. Most of the factors that have caused the devaluation of the sanctity of life have already been mentioned here, except one: the violent video-games far too many kids are raised on. I believe it truly seperates them from reality to the point where they can no longer differentiate the two. Like everything else, freedom of speech has it's upside and it's downside. All manner of horrible violence can be shown on television, in the movies and you get to kill people in video games. There's no limit to the gore that's allowed. What fascinates me is that most of the people who make the movies and video games are liberals, the very one's who babble about being the party that cares about the people. HA!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

There was a jumper in Pasadena this morning on a bridge that is commonly called Suicide Bridge. It happens several times a year, and I always wonder why these poor souls decide to take their own lives in such a big, public way.

1:35 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

All
The whole thing is disgusting and is one more symptom of what we are really up against. God help America.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I believe that "the television generation" (for lack of a better term) has slid down the slope and ahs come to view almost everything on the screen as some kind of entertainment, no matter how awful that entertainment might be by moral standards.

Reality TV hasn't helped the slide, either.

"Bread and circuses," so to speak.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

I, too was shocked and saddened that it took so long for someone to tell police and get to this poor, misguided young man.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Events like this are very disturbing. I can't remember what movie it was but I watched a movie that showed something like this. Its sad that it is happening in real life.

10:52 PM  

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