Researchers have learned, for example, that suicide rates are rising and now account for 1.5 per cent of all deaths worldwide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24, after vehicle accidents. Women are more likely than men to attempt suicide, while men are much more likely to succeed.
Suicide rates are rising? But I thought we were on our way to paradise.
Second, and most important, people who succeed in killing themselves must be capable of doing the deed. This may sound obvious, but until Joiner pointed it out, no one had tried to figure out why some people are able to go through with it when most are not. No matter how seriously you want to die, Joiner says, it is not an easy thing to do. The self-preservation instinct is too strong.
So, out of our depressed people, only the competent die, leaving the incompetent?
Must be one of nature’s saprophytes, cleansing dead civilizations.