While the passing of anyone is always sad for the people left behind, a person who commits suicide is particularly hard to comprehend.
Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef, took his own life by hanging at the age of 61. I've never watched his program and confess to barely knowing anything about him. From reports I'm skimmed it seems he was rather contentious and unhappy.
Charles Krauthammer, 68, has announced that he only has weeks to live. This is a man, who despite being paralyzed from a diving accident, still managed to complete his studies and become a doctor specializing in psychiatry.
I didn't always agree with Krauthammer (let's face it - the only person we agree with 100% is ourselves) his gentlemanly demeanor and the thoughtfulness he applied to the discussions on many subjects was interesting and enjoyable.
It's also worth noting that Krauthammer specialized in depression and was involved in the creation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III.
I wonder what Krauthammer, someone who continued in spite of horrific obstacles, thinks of Bourdain throwing away his life - a life that Krauthammer would love to have?
Our duty as Christians is to pray for both of them.
June 8th, 2018
I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.
In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.
However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.
I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.
Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.
I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.
Just to be clear - I am not judging Bourdain. Just making an observation and comparison. No judgement involved. Obviously, for someone to take their own life is testimony to their suffering.