When Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain committed suicide within days of each other, it brought into sharp focus a troubling fact that had until then flown under most social radars: suicide has become the tenth most common cause of death in both the United States and Canada.
In fact—and this is stunning to consider—the Center for Disease Control reports that while 2016 saw almost 19,000 homicides in the United States, the number of suicides was more than twice that at 45,000.
We’re talking about 64,000 lives lost to violence against the self or another. How’s that for tragedy? Add that to the approximately 800,000 legal abortions performed that same year, and one fact becomes very clear: we human beings, loved into being and formed in the image of our Creator, are throwing ourselves away.
Why do we think so little of ourselves and our humanity?
This is a core question, not a frivolous one, and it cannot be answered as glibly as some might like. Because we fear the question, though, and because we desperately want to make sense of horror when we encounter it, we try to make a fast response that “seems” to address it—mostly so we can compartmentalize the mystery and not have to think about it.
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