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Have you noticed how nothing changes. Read the ancients philosophers, read the story of human history in the Bible and the theme which is most striking is how people were wrestling with the same human problems, disobedient offspring, betrayal, sexual perversion, violence, abuse and so on. Despite mankind’s efforts to rid the world of evil we still keep circling around the same buoy.  One commentator said that life is like an exercise cycle, each generation jumps on peddles like fury to make progress, gets nowhere, dies and the next jumps on.

Despite all the efforts of science, longer lives, new philosophies, political theories and ideas mankind keeps on repeating the same errors.  Now this must be deeply frustrating for the evolutionary theorist who want to promote the idea that we are on an evolutionary path to the next species. Surely after so many thousands of years of ‘evolution’ the process of natural selection would have filtered out some of the human characteristics that lead to anti-social behaviour (I guess the Nazis were evolutionary theorists eager to see the process hastened).  These indian girls are family of the stars of Slumdog millionaire.  They are witnesses to how despite all our best efforts, tears and heartfelt Hollywood tears nothing changes.  There is only one path to change and you need to know that thankfully it is not in mankind’s gift.

These flowers mark the place where a teenage school girl took her life.

The impact of suicide on a suburban community like Churchdown is surprising.  Once people get over the initial surprise it really doesn’t make much difference.  Suicide, it’s causes, ways and which it can be prevented doesn’t enter the daily narrative.  Yes, there are programmes and watch lists run by schools and the Army has processes for identifying would be perpetrators of suicide but the subject remains off the agenda.  Yet the parents and close family have to live with this loss every day with little explanation.  Now there is an explanation, an authentic evidence based explanation that accounts for the rash of suicide. The thing is that self destruction does not come only in the form of jumping from bridges, taking pills or fixing up the car exhaust into you car, suicide is far more pervasive.  Self destruction comes from hopelessness and it is all around.