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Happy belated birthday to our good friend Ant. I remembered Frans on time this year, so something had to give. Sorry about that Ant, and thanks as always for passing along all the links of interest.

R.I.P.: Reddit Cofounder, Digital Activist Aaron Swartz Dead From Suicide at 26. Thanks nin.

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43. Re: RE: Follow up Jan 13, 2013, 21:00 NegaDeath
Flatline wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 17:15:
That's a rational statement. Suicide is an irrational act. When you're suicidal you don't see things logically or rationally. You're usually caught up in soul-crushing despair, to the point that not-existing seems like less pain than what you're feeling. Rational arguments or bon mots like "suicide is never the answer" can actually do more harm than good, because it increases the alienation and deepens the despair. Even one person tossing that out can make the suicidal person feel like the entire world is callous to where they're at and make the decision to kill yourself that much easier.

I can vouch for that. About 6 months ago after a rapid fire parade of shitty events in my life I went into a 1-week depression and had suicidal thoughts for the first time in my life. Food was tasteless, hobbies brought no joy, other people seemed alien to me. It isn't just feeling sad, you feel nothing like a machine. Your brain is literally not working properly under depression, logic has left the building. The primal urge to survive is one of the strongest drives we have, if it isn't working clearly something is broken up there. I used to think the same things about suicidal people, that its selfish and they're just being drama queens. As with many things in life until you experience it you can't understand it. They need help not scorn.
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