Gracing the front page of Indian newspapers, these days, is a sad story of the suicide (read more) of former Miss Mauritius and top supermodel from India. Apparently she committed suicide as she was severely depressed. She joins the list of high profile and apparently 'popular' people who have chosen to end their lives in the recent years.
Makes me wonder what are we doing as fellow human beings? I am sure she must have had countless, so called, friends and buddies. Being a former beauty queen would have guaranteed easy attention in life. Then why are we humans prone to depression and loneliness even though we are surrounded by people? Is the individual to be blamed or are the real culprit the 'friends'?
Its easy to imagine why an individual can be lonely, can feel alienated or depressed even though they might have countless friends and even be very popular. The fact lies that its not the quantity of friends or family you have, but rather the quality of the relations that ultimately matter. One good friend or family can mean more than a hundred or even a thousand 'friends', friends who only care to be with you when you are happy or rich. In our race to success, we often forget to nurture the most important relations in our lives. These relations ultimately make us feel loved, secure and provide us with light in times of utter darkness.
Whats even more saddening to note is that we as friends often overlook or even neglect a human in need, even though we know that we should have gone and lent a helping hand. Sometimes just having someone who can hear you out makes a world of difference. I am sure the friends of this former model must have noticed that something is amiss, but did nothing. Why did they not do something sooner? Why did they let this happen to someone they knew? Is this why we are on this planet? To neglect fellow humans, even when we know we can help? Since when has making someone happy or lifting their sorrows become a bad thing?
Why do we not treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves? Old saying but how many of us actually follow it in our daily lives? When was the last time you sincerely tried to help someone, even though you did not know them very well but knew they needed help? Why are we so wrapped up in our own problems, in our own life that we fail to notice the life of the people around us?
Humans are social in nature. They cannot exist alone. No problem should become so great that it should lead anyone to suicide. Often it just takes a kind and caring human soul to fix someones life.
Be that soul.