Magic City Morning Star

Advertising | RSS Feed | About Us 

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2014 - 2:27:30 AM 

An eclectic mix of news and information
Staff Login
Donate towards our web hosting bill!

Front Page 
  News
  -- Local
  -- State
  -- National
  Community
  Business
  -- IRS News
  -- Win at Work
  Education
  -- History
  Tech Notes
  Entertainment
  -- Comics
  International
  -- R.P. BenDedek
  -- Kenneth Tellis
  Outdoors
  Sports
  Features
  -- M Stevens-David
  -- Down the Road
  Christianity
  Today in History
  Opinion
  -- Editor's Desk
  -- Guest Column
  -- Scheme of Things
  -- Michael Devolin
  -- Tom DeWeese
  -- Ed Feulner
  -- Jim Kouri
  -- Julie Smithson
  -- J. Grant Swank
  -- Doug Wrenn
  Letters
  Agenda 21
  Book Reviews
  -- Old Embers
  Notices
  Archive
  Discontinued


Web Directory Reviews
WDR Directory of Directories
Restore The Republic - The Home of the Freedom Movement!

R.P. BenDedek

Dealing with Suicide at Christmas
By Philip Cardwell/R.P. BenDedek
Dec 23, 2013 - 10:30:34 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Monday 23rd December my second year college students here in China were analyzing an article about a speech that Spiro Agnew made many years ago, about the power of the (unchecked) press. During that activity I made a statement which shocked many students. I told them that they have to be stupid to want to live in America or Australia or other western countries. I asked my students if they were afraid to walk in the streets in China at night and they said that they weren't. I told them that in China I am never fearful walking at night - but I am in Australia. Violence is everywhere. Just today there was yet another headline of a young person's violent death at the hands of 'ordinary' citizens in Australia.

There is another form of violence however, one that doesn't get too much publicity. It is called 'emotional abuse.' In my emails today I received an appeal for publicity for a new film project which deals with abusive social media that results in suicide. 'Violent death at the hands of 'ordinary' citizens' does not automatically mean as it does in the link above, that some person has physically bashed someone to death, but as can be found from time to time in the media, it can mean kids killing themselves because they can no longer cope with the downright 'ugly and abusive' behavior of 'ordinary citizens,' - citizens like 'YOUR' kids.

I have lived in China for 11 years and I say with complete honesty, that western 'culture' is nasty, abusive, derogatory, inflexible, self-righteous and oh so bloody politically correct. It is downright murderous. You may disagree if you wish but you are more likely to be speaking from offended pride than an honest appraisal of the real world around you.

The email I received today is about 'suicide' - the variety which is the end product of vicious and depraved hearts and minds who actively seek to destroy another person's life. How often have you heard someone say "I'm going to destroy him/her?" They really mean it until someone actually does die.

The film that the email speaks of is Kickstarter Film project that addresses how the Internet, particularly social networking, can influence suicidality - both positively and negatively.

The film is called 'Take the Reins' and is about two parallel lives - one in which the main character finds a connection with the world - and the other, where the disconnect becomes so great that the main character can't imagine going on.

The Suicide Study Group (on Facebook) and members of the Professional Women's Network (LinkedIn) have endorsed the project.

In the film, the main character shares her passing on Facebook, as the world ignores her. Emma Barrett -- the actress and producer-to-be -- knows that someone who is deeply, painfully troubled may still feel drawn to write one last post rather than call someone before committing suicide because that's what people do when they want to speak today -- even for the last time. Emma's shock came when she read the mean, mocking and indifferent comments people wrote on the characters' Facebook page.

You can go to kickstarter.com to read more and to view interviews etc and you can find the press release here.

Without the help of considerate people, the film will not achieve funding.

According to the press release:

'Take the Reins' is currently 29% funded, with 11 days remaining in the crowdfunding campaign. The project can use your help to bring this wonderful film project to the screen. To participate, visit the project Kickstarter page located at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emmabarrett/take-the-reins.

Suicide is an epidemic that is out of control. According to recent statistics, over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. Adding detail to that grim fact, there are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides for every suicide death


© Copyright 2002-2013 by Magic City Morning Star

Top of Page

R.P. BenDedek
Latest Headlines
American Universities turn blind eye to female abuse
What's in the Book Basket This Week? People and Nature
Qing Ming Festival Guangfu Town Suzhou
What's in the Book Basket this Week? From Reality to Happiness
Email Fictions, Half-Truths and Reality

A Dinosaur of Education - a blog by James Fabiano.
Shobe Studios
Wysong Foods - Pets and People Too

Google
 
Web magic-city-news.com