According to a story earlier this year on National Public Radio, the suicide rate in the U.S. surpassed the number of deaths from auto accidents. But it is still a story that’s largely off the radar, especially when considering the hyper-connected world of self disclosure and self expression in which we live. This last week changed that a bit. Within about a day of each other there were two pieces on the subject. One was in The New York Times and written by David Brooks and the other was in The Economist.
This was one of those rare times when I felt David Brooks was misguided, if not wrong, in spirit and word. But I couldn’t seem to articulate exactly what was troubling about his column. Now, a week later, some of his readers join in the conversation.