Many people were shocked and saddened by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death. Merely three days after another celebrity, designer Kate Spade. Both took their own lives.
I posted on Facebook to express my sadness over the tragedy when a friend commented that this is what happens when people take God away from their lives and depend on money and fame. While I am not diminishing the role of faith in one’s mental health, I found the comment insensitive. One of my most loved friends died from suicide and I think it’s unfair to say that he doesn’t believe in God. He did but he was not strong enough.
Mental health issues are like any other health issues, the afflicted did not want it but it hit them. Who knows what they were going through? Who knows what’s going on in their heads, how they are feeling or how the chemicals in their bodies are working? Who are we to judge? Quoting from the Bible:
God alone, who gave the law, is the judge. He alone has the power to save or destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?
Again I am not reducing the value of faith in one’s well-being. I am a Catholic and I can’t say that my faith is stronger than others. I somehow get what she wants to say. Perhaps if the comment was stated in another manner I wouldn’t have found it offensive. It sounded condescending, much like how most self-righteous people and hypocrites say it. Perhaps she could just have stayed quiet and prayed; after all the Bible tells us:
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
May those who departed find peace in the afterlife. May they find the happiness they have longed for.