By my interpretation, Carl Jung somewhat supports to be a bystander to an act of suicide, "It is my attitude in such cases not to interfere. I would let things happen as they were so, because I’m convinced that if anybody has it in himself to commit suicide, then practically the whole of his being is going that way. I have seen cases where it would have been something short of criminal to hinder the people because according to all rules it was in accordance with the tendency of their unconscious and thus the basic thing. So I think nothing is really gained by interfering with such an issue. It is presumably to be left to the free choice of the individual. Anything that seems to be wrong to us can be right under certain circumstances over which we have no control and then end of which we do not understand." I believe this is incorrect due to the fact that most who commit suicide are not in a rational thinking mode and therefore will make horrible decisions. Even if living with an unbearable pain, a drasic decision like that should be discussed over with the entire family. How can your hurt be so terrible in that you wish to give and spread that pain to others around you who love you? Although I respect his perspective about nature taking its course, i do not agree. Every case differs.
Contrary to popular belief, major holidays are actually associated with a lower number of suicides, but days in the beginning of the week, and in the start of spring, were linked to more suicide attempts.
The fact that there are lower suicide attempts around the holidays suggests that family support and communication can boost mood and therefore have people reconsider taking their own lives. I believe this is true because during the holidays they realize how much they are loved and how hurt their family would be if they were gone.
Suicide explains the largest number of death tolls among Japanese adolescents in their twenties and thirties. Suicide is also a major cause of death for adolescents in many other countries. Although social isolation has been implicated to influence the tendency to suicidal behavior, the impact of social isolation on suicide in the context of explicit social networks of individuals is scarcely explored. To address this question, we examined a large data set obtained from a social networking service dominant in Japan. The social network is composed of a set of friendship ties between pairs of users created by mutual endorsement. We carried out the logistic regression to identify users’ characteristics, both related and unrelated to social networks, which contribute to suicide ideation. We defined suicide ideation of a user as the membership to at least one active user-defined community related to suicide. We found that the number of communities to which a user belongs to, the intransitivity (i.e., paucity of triangles including the user), and the fraction of suicidal neighbors in the social network, contributed the most to suicide ideation in this order. Other characteristics including the age and gender contributed little to suicide ideation. We also found qualitatively the same results for depressive symptoms.
The impact of social networking isolation has also been a great influence of suicide as described here. Which is why we need to reconsider cyberbullying and the impact it can due to depressed individuals and their families.
Biology does seem to be a factor in the issue of suicide. From research, most people who attempted suicide were also found to have the gene called RGS2. 43% of the people who attempted suicide had this gene.
What I found shocking was that since 2009, suicide has taken more Americans than motor vehicle crashes. People from ages 35-64 accounted for some 57% of suicides in the US. Death by firearm is still the most common method at 48%. This article further raises the question if age is a factor in suicidal thoughts.
Samantha Lewthwaite has become ‘trainer’ of an Al Qaeda bomber squadKnown as The White Widow, she operates a terror cell in East AfricaShe was married to one of the 7/7 bombers who attacked London in 2005Lewthwaite comes from a military family in Buckinghamshire
Along with millions of other young women, Samantha Lewthwaite loves social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
But rather than innocent chat about music, fashion or parties, this 29-year-old’s main topic of conversation is the poisonous internal politics of the world’s most feared terror network.
For Lewthwaite, from a military family in Buckinghamshire, is waging an astonishing battle for control over Al-Qaeda’s sophisticated East African terror cells.
The former wife of one of the suicide bombers who attacked the London Underground in July 2005, known to her devoted acolytes as dada mzungu — Swahili for white sister — has become the ‘trainer’ of an all-female suicide bomber squad targeting Westerners in East Africa as part of the terror group’s global jihad.
Her appointment was announced on a website sympathetic to the cause, which revealed that Lewthwaite ‘gave her life to Allah and now she serves Allah as his female soldier in [Somalia]’, where she ‘commands her all-female mujahid terror squad and conducts operations against the kuffar [non-Muslims]’.
Such is her growing reputation within Al-Qaeda that Lewthwaite, who once went to school discos in Aylesbury in the latest fashions, has felt sufficiently emboldened to launch a vitriolic public attack on a powerful fellow white terror convert.
Using the medium favoured by many of her former classmates, she has taken to Twitter to denounce a rival terrorist and killer as an ‘obnoxious little prat’.
These revelations about her recent exploits come in a week when the world has been gripped by a saga with extraordinary parallels.
In the wake of the Boston bombings, it has emerged that the elder of the two brothers thought to have carried out the attacks, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, married an ‘all-American’ girl who, like Lewthwaite before her, converted to Islam and took to wearing a hijab.on Facebook and arguing on Twitter, she is believed to be one of Al-Qaeda’s main recruiters in East Africa.
Her latest foray into social networking, via bitchy tweets, was directed at a man called Omar Shafik Hammami, a former student from Alabama, who was last year placed on the FBI’s most wanted list for plotting terrorist atrocities.
With a $5 million bounty offered by America for information leading to his arrest, Hammami also works as a propagandist for Al-Shabaab, the Somali wing of Al-Qaeda, of which Lewthwaite is a commander, helping recruit English-speaking youths.
Known as The American, Hammami came to prominence after releasing a glamorous video of himself on the internet last year — a move that prompted fury among jealous rival terror factions.
Last week, he made a statement claiming that people within the movement were trying to kill him.Jermaine Lindsay, a fellow Muslim convert, through an Islamic internet chat room.
They married in Aylesbury in 2002 and had two children, one of whom was born after Lindsay and three others donned rucksacks and detonated explosives on three Tube trains and a bus in central London.
After her husband was killed in 2005 and she claimed no knowledge of his activities, she was moved by police to a safe house at an undisclosed location in Britain for questioning.
In 2007, she disappeared from public view and severed all contact with her family two years later. Her children are believed to have travelled with her to Africa, where she re-surfaced in Kenya last year during a grenade attack on a pub that was packed with people watching England play Italy in Euro 2012.
Witnesses told how they saw a white woman, identified as Lewthwaite, fire grenades into a crowded bar near Nairobi — killing three people, including a nine-year-old boy, and horrifically injuring 30. During a series of earlier raids on safe houses Lewthwaite had been using, police found ammunition, bomb-making equipment and detailed plans for terror attacks on other targets.
Noah Schmidt's insight:
It is fascinating on how much suicide bombers have an impact on everyone's day to day lives. It is even more rare that this is an all female group and the leader is actually working for Al-Qaeda. She is a recruiter. However she uses the network like an average person. Except for the fact that is a recruiter for a suicide bomber team.
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