by Poch Peralta
D F Wallace just made it on the list of genius philosophers who committed suicide. His action triggered back questions which have been nagging at me for a long while: What type of people commit suicide? Why do some great artists and thinkers commit suicide and some do not?
Some artists grew up in a loving environment and some in harsh ‘fight or die’ one. Some die of sorrow while others die because they expressed their anger—they fought back. Depression or desperation did them in all right. But why did others escaped both? It’s either mental or spiritual strength after all isn’t it?
There are three things I observed on why people commit suicide: Either they can’t express anger, or they couldn’t control anger anymore, or worst, they are victims of false guilt (mainly because of wrong doctrines or training).
I wonder what and how D F Wallace could have written if he wasn’t taking drugs for depression for twenty years. No sarcasm here. I’m just wondering honestly because I sympathize with him.