Friday, 8 June 2018
Our Hearts Are Restlless...
Two high-profile suicides this week - Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Although I cannot pretend to know what was going on in either of these lives or minds, I can express a few thoughts.
Is suicide becoming more widespread or is it just being more widely reported? I don't know, but I was considering the word, "meaningless," which may certainly describe the feeling of a suicide towards their continued existence.
The word appears over thirty times in the book of Ecclesiastes. I have had discussions about this book, arguing that although I believe the Bible is indeed the inerrant word of God, the thoughts expressed in Ecclesiastes are not so much truth or truisms given by God, but a true account of the depressed ramblings of a dejected old man (Solomon) who in his old age has wandered from the ways of God and is finding that everything he thought might bring him meaning, pleasure and fulfilment has proven to be, indeed, meaningless.
It is widely held that suicide is a mental health issue. I won't argue that, but why does it seem so much more widespread than in the past. I believe it is because we are becoming increasingly a society where the self is the centre of all things. People in this age are more self centered, inward focused, egocentric. We have eliminated God without considering the consequences. Our focus is inward rather than upward, and I'm afraid that when we search inward, and only inward, for meaning, all we sometimes may see is an empty black hole.
Hence, the St Augustine quote, above. If we are trying to build our lives on the foundation of, 'self,' we are on shaky footings indeed.
Food for thought.