The Mind As a Terrible Master
I read about the death of David Foster Wallace last week and was struck by the remarks he made at Kenyon College, just a few years before he took his own life.
Think of the old cliché about quote the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.
This, like many clichés, so lame and unexciting on the surface, actually expresses a great and terrible truth. It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in: the head. They shoot the terrible master. And the truth is that most of these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger.
It was then revealed that LM Montgomery also had committed suicide in her 60s. I had forgotten to blog about it, but SuperLibrarian twittered it and it prompted by recollection. There really are no words to describe the horror that you feel when someone you know takes their own life. You just know it was a tragedy.