Suicide Summary

Rates of depression (now the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the W.H.O.) and suicide are climbing; addictive behavior is rampant.

And so the central pleasure of watching Friends — the feeling of being cosseted in a familiar place, free of worries, surrounded by friends — has never been quite so longed-for as it is now. Paulina McGowan, who is 21, was born in 1994, the year Friends debuted. Watching it now, she says, “It would be awesome to be alive back then, when everything didn’t seem so intense. It just seemed really fun.”
- ADAM STERNBERGH, Is ‘Friends’ Still the Most Popular Show on TV?, Vulture ["This article appears in the March 21, 2016 issue of New York Magazine."]

These sources all agree that traditional Inuit society was remarkably peaceful and free of discord among them.

“The different families appear always to live on good terms with each other,” wrote the British explorer Sir William Parry, who spent eight months among the Inuit of Baffin Island beginning in 1821. “The more turbulent passions which…usually create such havoc in the world, seem to be very seldom excited in the breasts of these people.” Inuit children were “affectionate, attached, and obedient,” concurred Sir John Ross, who arrived a few years later. “These people had attained that perfection of domestic happiness which is so rarely found any where.” If conflicts did arise, wrongdoers would be counseled by their elders, and if that didn’t work, singing duels would be organized in which the disaffected parties would defuse tension by making fun of each other.

Today, homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, vandalism, and alcoholism—as well as suicide—are tragically common among the Inuit.
- Helen Epstein, The Highest Suicide Rate in the World, New York Review of Books, OCTOBER 10, 2019

Indeed, wrote Lafitau [who lived with the Indians at Kahnawake from 1712 to 1717], "they have... an admirable composure, and do not know what it is to burst into insults. I do not remember ever seeing any one of them angry."
- John Demo, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America, First Vintage Books Edition, 1995, p. 149

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