When we were booking our Korean trip at NATAS fair in 2007, we met our ex-neighbour and invited her to join us for Korea. She called her hubby to join and it was he who gave us this piece of news – Korean has the highest suicide rate (among the developed nations) in the world. Since then, we often took note of news of suicides among Korean celebrities, many of whom I did not know.
The recent suicide of Korean actor Park Young Ha was different. I watched him in the series ‘On Air’, where he played the lead – a soap drama producer who fell in love with the script writer. Like most Korean soaps, He exuded charisma and one can’t help falling in love with him as well after watching the series. How his poor parents must suffer now.
Last week in the ‘language’ page of ZBW, based on the news, there were a few quotes on the inspirations to live on and I like this poem by Dorothy Parker – serious yet in a nonchalant sort of way.
Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
– Dorothy Parker
Perhaps one can also heed these words of wisdom in time of despair:
"Anyone desperate enough for sucide…should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems; elope at midnight, stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over, do what they always wanted to do but were afraid to try." – Richard Bach, Author of the book, Jonathan Livinston Seagull
"The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over." – Ernest Hemingway