Illuminating Suicide with Logan Paul

I woke up this morning to a very heartbreaking story. When I logged into Twitter, I found a tweet from Chris Stuckman about Logan Paul. He is a very popular YouTube star that made a vile video. As I understand it, while on vacation in Japan, Logan Paul and his friends decided to visit a forest where many people commit suicide. He wanted to see if it was haunted. While there, he and his friends came across the body of person who had committed suicide earlier that day. Apparently, he called out to the person, cracked jokes, and showed a purple hand. This whole thing breaks my heart.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people; once every 15 minutes someone takes their own life. His primary demographic is our youth, those who are at their most impressionable. I am baffled by the idea of such disrespect for the sanctity of life, the dignity of that person, and empathy for the loved ones that person left behind. How could a person film, edit, and post such a video? Who are the friends with him that encouraged this? Who are the family members that raised a person who thinks this okay?

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Logan Paul is very popular, he has a platform. If he wants to advocate for better mental health and prevent suicide, illuminating the issue with a victim is not helpful or productive. This makes those of us who have first and second hand experience with mental illness angry and concerned. I am concerned about the children and teens who watch his channel, listen to his music, and watch his movies.

Although the video had the suicide prevention hotline phone number in the description box and YouTube has taken it down since the large outcry on social media. But this isn’t enough. YouTube needs to demonetize, people need to unsubscribe, parents need to control access to his content, and companies need to pull him from their payroll. He should spend some time with people with those who are suicidal. He needs to spend time with the families and friends of the people left behind after suicide. Logan Paul needs to spend some time reflecting on the choice has has made and the emotional consequences of those choices. I do believe this punishment should be temporary and not indefinite. Once he’s grown on this issue, we should all find forgiveness in our hearts and encourage his creativity.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or engaging in self harm, please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

The Impact of Climate Change on Coral

This post is amazing, especially the last paragraph. The first I saw of the horrors occurring on the Great Barrier Reef (and all coral reefs around the globe) was on a BBC Earth special. We all need to take what is going on in our oceans very seriously and work to restore and reverse the negative impact we’ve had.

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Millennial writer Nichole Flores writes:

Netflix’s documentary “Chasing Coral” (2017) recounts the journey of a team of coral scientists determined to unveil a problem hidden beneath the surface of the global climate change debate: the bleaching—and eventual death—of vast stretches of the world’s coral reefs, including the vibrantly captivating and economically crucial ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Oceans have already reached levels of warming that threaten the survival of the coral. Coral responds to a temperature fluctuation of even 2 degrees Celsius by expelling the algae grown within their body tissues, losing their characteristic resplendent colors. The coral skeleton turns ghostly white, a sign that the coral animal is on the verge of death. Once an uncommon occurrence, the number of bleaching events has spiked in the past 30 years as oceans have continued to warm….

The passion for coral at the heart of this documentary…

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The Sins of My Mother

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I found this verse spoke to my heart very strongly recently and I’ve been rolling it over in my head for awhile. One of my greatest challenges is trust; trusting God, trusting family, trusting friends, trusting people in general. I live in pretty constant anxiety because I can’t trust. Living one’s life with the fear of someone hurting you or taking advantage of you can have a devastating impact on quality of life. I find myself incapable of sharing my heart fully with anyone, causing me to feel alone, isolated, and misunderstood. And since I have a tough time trusting God, it makes it hard to have hope also.

My mother is the one that taught me not to trust anyone. She watches far too much Law&Order and Lifetime Movie Network. I remember her coming into my room at night when I was young to tell me all the awful things people (mostly men) do to other people (mostly women): mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse. She often told me never to trust a police officer, a fireman, a religious leader, a teacher, a doctor. No one can be trusted. A couple months ago my brother asked her if there was anyone in the world she trusts and she said no. My parents have been together for over 30 years, both my mother’s siblings are nearby, and my grandmother is still alive. But even with all that family and childhood friends, there is no one in the world she trusts.

One of the greatest challenges with this is my mom doesn’t even care. I’ve tried talking to her about it and she says, “I didn’t want you to be afraid, I want you to be aware,” “Well you know you have this problem, you can fix it,” “I managed to get married and live a normal life, if you want it bad enough you’ll figure it out.” But I have found it to be very difficult trying to sort out my feelings of loneliness, alone. I really do want to have friends and relationships, but I’m afraid and insecure.

I often like to finish my posts with a bow of completion, but that’s inauthentic. I haven’t figured out this problem yet and maybe some of you can help me. Do you have any advice or recommendations on how I can move forward in my life, learning to trust and connect with people. Please let me know your ideas. Thanks in advance.