FEATURE ARTICLE

Friday, March 26, 2021
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SUICIDAL IDEATION: SAVE THE PERSON NEXT DOOR!

"Suicide is one of the agents of death. When suicide completes its mission, it leaves anguish, mental pain, and everlasting thoughts of sadness in us. Let's save a life today. Life is beautiful!" •Yahaya Balogun

"Suicide is the punctuation mark at the end of many artistic careers." •Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"Man shall not be existentially judged by his happy outlook but by the hidden scars deep inside of him." •Yahaya Balogun

n the absence of mindfulness, many lonely thoughts (such as suicidal thoughts and ideation) can creep into our subconscious minds in times of challenges and tribulation. Despite our fame, success, knowledge, confidence, achievement, artistic prowess, etc., there is a tiny bit of void in our hearts or minds. Our complacency or inability to explore and recognize this void gives room for the absence of mindfulness. Every nine in ten successful individuals are potential victims of suicide. Think about it! Why would a multi-millionaire suffer from suicidal thoughts or ideation? The answers are scarcely mysterious! Money is a tangible asset, and wealth is an intangible asset representing physiological comforts but cannot adequately address psychological problems. Wealth or money cannot buy happiness, and according to Ms.Yemi Michael, "happiness is free," but to a troubled soul, happiness is costly. We must urgently assist in our little ways to help the man next door waiting to be a victim or get consumed by suicidal thoughts.

A few years ago, we painfully lost Anthony Bourdain, a rare gem and ace broadcaster in the broadcasting industry. Bourdain was a bubbling man in global entertainment. He was a man who brought so many joyful moments and exciting life into billions of homes across the world. "Parts Unknown" was Anthony Bourdain's show on CNN. A global household show enjoyed by all and sundry. Anthony Bourdain understood the fundamental parts of the human ecosystem, but he failed to understand the exigencies of the whole of the "self" that made up him. Anthony Bourdain took care of the entertainment world with such profundity. But he abruptly and terrifyingly extinguished himself and denied us his incredible talent. That gratifying man revolutionized how shows can penetrate our minds through some 'unknown parts' and in some hidden and rustic places worldwide through foods.

Anthony Bourdain was an effortless CNN TV presenter. He was so amazingly natural that we never had any inkling of him dying at the auspicious period of his life, not to talk of him taking his life through suicide. The world has lost a cultural icon and a terrific storyteller. Anthony Bourdain encompassed the nitty-gritty of explaining global cultures through foods. He used this thoughtful idea to transmute and harmonize the cultural diversity of the worldwide community.

Meanwhile, the travel mystique and transformational power of Anthony Boudain is an existential paint that will continue to colorize the documentary part of our hearts and minds. Anthony became famous as a popularizer of sociopolitical ideas intertwined in sumptuous transatlantic foods. His global travels and documentaries on foods enabled him to win his viewers' hearts across the world. Anthony Bourdain, why did you do this to us? Why and Why?? The 'whys' are a question that will endlessly prod the collective mind of his admirers, including this writer. Anthony Bourdain was a great cultural ambassador of the United States. He is also a quintessential citizen of the world.

Anthony Bourdain was a gem and a beautiful gift to the world. He was a celebrity chef with humility and openness to everyone he came across in the community kitchen and global food industry. The striking but straightforward Anthony Bourdain, we saw on television, was a man with hidden sufferings and burdens that were existential threats to his life. Beneath our man's surface of being was a hideous clog to his true happiness. The world and his teeming viewers never knew that happiness was costly to him. Man shall not be existentially viewed by his happy outlook but by the hidden burdens buried deep inside him.

Suicidal ideation is not a stigma; it's just like every other debilitating sign of disease that is not obvious to everyone to see. Our outlook might look enthralling, illuminating, and exciting, but sometimes, something deep inside us is a factorized problem requiring strict and urgent attention. We must always watch out for people with suicidal thoughts.

According to the WebMD Cancer center, the following are some of the signs of suicide:

  • Long-lasting sadness, mood swings, and unexpected rage.

  • Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness.

  • Suddenly, becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness can signify that the person has decided to end his or her life.

  • Choosing to be alone and avoiding friends or social activities also are possible symptoms of depression, a leading cause of suicide. This includes the loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.

We saw Anthony Bourdain as a larger-than-life man who deconstructed how the presentation of shows should be on global television. His program was all-inclusive and entertaining. Anthony Bourdain seemed a man who had conquered obstacles. Still, deep inside him were scars that were existential and potential threats that eventually triggered his suicidal thoughts and led to his untimely and eventual death. Let's watch out for one another as we journey through this chaotic and tumultuous world together. We should lean on each other's shoulders and be our sister and brother's keeper. One life we save today can save thousands of lives tomorrow. We never know who might be the next potential victim of suicide. We must not be judgmental because we are all vulnerable human beings. Anthony Bourdain's ubiquitous influence will continue to be felt by all lovers of foods around the world.

May, the gentle souls of Anthony Bourdain and those that have committed suicide continue to rest in perfect peace.

Please, let's save the psychologically embattled man next door! Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 for help. Someone will immediately talk to you.

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