He has a beautiful face. He chose to be consumed by fire. He was 21 yrs. old.
Suicide happens everyday. There are roughly 300,00 completed suicides in America annually. Three Ohio State University students committed suicide in the month of February alone.
I have no doubt this young man pictured was depressed. I am working on suicide prevention for school right now, and I am learning that at it's peak depression feels like burning...inside. But too many times, we shrug off the warning signs, we accept the threats as YOUTH...they won't REALLY go through with it.
But they do. So many, young, beautiful people. They don't see how sacrificing themselves in protest, succumbing to depression, not seeking help, not seeing how beautiful they truly are, will kill them.
So please, help them. Help us. Love us, despite our flaws...because we're learning.
And even though we act like we know everything, we don't.
And some of us think we know that the only way out of our struggles is by
Burning our faces
Cutting our wrists
Saying "good-bye" without letting anyone know before the letter is read...
In 1969, one young man was left helpless.
Strong enough to lead others to self-destruction (which has many forms and many names and too much false reasoning), yet too weak to LIVE.
And this man:
"He was a student at the technical college, specializing in railroads, and was also interested in poetry and humanities."
This man burned himself too. Set fire to chemical-soaked clothes...and unable to make it out of the doorway into the square, he collapsed and burned to death in the hallway where he was standing.
If you know someone right now who might be suffering from depression, please help them. Reach out, because beautiful people like Jan, people with beautiful potential, are contemplating ending their lives right now...