Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Modernity and Suicide

"The suicide rate in this prosperous nation of about 50 million people has doubled in the past decade and is now the highest in the industrialized world" — As modern social expectations press in, suicide rampant in South Korea. "Before South Korea got rich, wired, and worried, its suicide rate was among the lowest in the industrialized world."

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Maybe more people ought to move back to the country, buy about 5 acres, and doff much of modernity as a bad idea. Like Socialism, Hedonism, and Digital Watches (to borrow from Douglas Adams).

7:54 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Steve Cornett : "Maybe more people ought to move back to the country, buy about 5 acres, and doff much of modernity as a bad idea."

I have no idea about South Korea, but as for the U.S., it's unfortunately just another form of the isolationist modernism which lead us to where we are.

What is needed is a return to community. Which likewise entails that there needs to be something to return to. Unfortunately, except for a few communes and such, the U.S. doesn't have a history of rural communal life to even look back on. But on the other hand, there is real and good movement in this direction in the urban areas.

3:39 AM  
Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

The previously low suicide rate among Catholics has been creeping up and up over the decades too. One blogger told the sad story of a boy who went to confession before killing himself to "clean his slate", apparently not knowing he was about to commit a grave sin.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

Kevin,

Given what you've written, I doesn't appear likely that a person would go to confession while knowing intending to commit a grave sin. I suspect that the worst he's suffering is purgatory.

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I suspect the same. Let us pray for his soul.

2:02 PM  

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