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Stupidity, Depression, Death and Transportation

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Jan. 31st, 2005 | 05:12 pm

If you missed the news, a few days ago some idiot decided to park his car across the tracks for a commuter rail line here in LA in an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide. However he did manage to derail the train which killed several people.

After reading about it, I thought I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to go for the death penalty. Not unsurprisingly they are. For a country being dominated by a bunch of people who call themselves Christians, their remarkably limited ability to experience compassion does seem to not match up with what they profess to believe. The US seems such the old testament culture these days.

Having been someone whose experience severe depression I do understand why someone would want to kill themselves, and I can see how someone not particularly bright could have difficulty seeing the consequences of their actions. Though his actions also set in a chain to weaken support for mass transit here in LA, because although driving is actually more dangerous than mass transit, people apparently feel safer because they feel a greater sense of control.

For instance in the age bracket 15-24, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death, and motor vehicle accidents does appear on the top ten list for most, if not all age categories in the 2002 causes of death statistics.

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from: neko_san
date: Feb. 1st, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
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...and I can see how someone not particularly bright...

even a bright person, with severe enough depression or other mental illness, could have done the same.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 1st, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
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Yeah... perhaps thinking about the consequences of ones actions isn't the same thing as intelligence.

But I do know that when I was depressed enough to be thinking about killing myself, I did spend some time trying to include thinking how to make it easy to clean up. But maybe I either wasn't really that depressed or else am unusual in some other way.

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from: neko_san
date: Feb. 1st, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
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well... when logic hasn't completely vanished into the inky pit, i believe that that's a pretty common consideration. however, logic and intelligence can definitely be overwhelmed by severe enough mental illness.

i believe that john nash, brilliant mathematician, believed that aliens were communicating to him via a brain implant. kay jamison, noted psychologist, had an episode where she was convinced that her apartment walls were covered in blood.

i don't think it's that you weren't "that depressed"; it's more that, no matter how far gone you are, there's always further that you could go. there is no bottom.

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Nafees

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Feb. 1st, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh come on. He was driving an SUV. He was not so bright, and he just has the death penalty coming.

;)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 1st, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
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there's always further that you could go. there is no bottom.

Good point...

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