This past week has revealed so much in terms of ongoing dramas that finally played out to their finales. These included, in my life, one man who finally took his own life after being coerced, for years, to do so, by his partner, who kept saying: “You promised. We promised each other if either of us were ever incapacitated, we would take our own life.” This man had “frontal lobe dementia,” supposedly. And while his short term memory was gradually failing, he was fully here, present, until the moment when, at his partner’s ongoing insistence, he inhaled the helium. Finally, an “inconvenience” removed, the partner could move forward in life.
Does this strike you as the way humans should be with one another?
Someone (who? I rack my brain, to no avail) at our Community Dinner last Thursday night told me that I would enjoy the book, Finite and Infinite Games, by James Carse. After hearing the story yesterday about the coerced suicide, I ordered it this morning.
Lisa Renee addresses the ways in which the subtle and blatant brutality of contemporary life has degraded all those who are susceptible. Let us vow not to be one of them.