Don't be too quick
By Evan Bolling
September 16, 2009
Let's play a quick session of Q&A. Question: Does Ketchikan
have a major drug abuse problem? Answer:Yes. Question II: Is
that drug abuse the major force behind the recent suicides?
Ketchikan, do not be so quick to judge. Firstly, in any case
of suicide there is rarely if ever, ONE isolated reason that
explains the actions of that individual. The taking of a life
is such a complex scenario that there is always going to be a
slew of reasons that accompany the tragedy.
It is all too easy in the shadow of such horrible circumstances
to find someone, or in this case something to lay blame. Of
course the notable bonus behind claiming the problem is drugs,
is that it takes the weight off of the shoulder of the community;
and drugs are widely regarded as a "social evil".
What a perfect target. Society already hates them, and nobody
gets offended when drugs are accused. But that does not make
them guilty. But hell, it's way easier than taking responsibility
A suicide is not a totally internal issue, inside the lives of
Patrick Doherty and Jared Azure there were external variables
that contributed to their actions. Yes, it was in the end, Pat
and Jared that made the final decision. But it was also a community
that failed to recognize the gravity of their situations. That
is not to say that the deaths were the fault of this community,
but does that even matter anyway? No, because whether it is
the fault of the community or not, it is our responsibility to
make sure our neighbors are safe.
It is similar to an argument made in favor of taking action against
global warming. Whether climate change is human induced or not
is irrelavent, it is in our best interest to reverse its course,
even if it is not our impropriety it is our responsibility.
Now I am going to take this back a thought or two... It is ignorant,
disrespectful, immature, and graceless to point your finger at
Jared and Pat heartlessly screaming "ITS YOUR FAULT! AND
NOBODY ELSES!!!" This was the message I got from reading
Mkayla Martin's letter the other day. What a shame. The most
upsetting thing about the letter was that Ms. Martin is sparsely
if even at all aware of the details revolving either case. At
17 years old I am sure she has little experience in understanding
suicides, and at 20 I am confident I am widely inexperienced
too. But I do know that with the few that I have had to experience
as a friend, I can tell you that it is never OK, reasonable or
accurate to point your finger and say.."ITS YOU!! ITS ALL
There is a famous quote, "If you truly get to know someone,
you'd have no choice but to love them." This quote is based
on the idea that we are all so alike, made up of the same components
and parts, if put through the same life experiences as another,
we would end up much the same. So if we could really, I mean
REALLY understand what these two were going through, we as human
beings would not have the heart to point such a cold finger.
Shape up Ketchikan and stop
blaming the wrong things because they're easier and less upsetting
to our fragile emotions.. BUCK UP
About: "Friend of Patrick
Doherty and Jared Azure"
Received September 15, 2009
- Published September 16, 2009
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