Originally Posted by catilena1890
What's a harakiri?
Anyway, I agree with both LN and keisok, LN is right cuz you have to consider many possibilities, and Kei is right because you have to consider what other people are going through, how lucky you truly are. Personally, I think it is just a phase she is going through and went to Japan to relax as her passion, anime, originated from there. The suicide note could have been written in frustration. I should know, I have been there, I have had suicidal thoughts and I have written a suicide note, but the reason for those was because I was angry, scared, lonely, and confused. I don't have many friends, but, then again, who does? You don't need to have 100 friends to be happy, all you need is at least 1 good friend. I'm sure she didn't commit suicide, she could just be venting some anger, and when she is done, she'll return to "US" (teehee, couldn't help myself) and get reprimanded for it. That's my opinion.
cat, I didn't expect to ever see myself say this, but I completely agree with you. Nice work on that post. +rep.
I believe someone (I think LN) made a reference to the suffering of starving children in Africa in comparison to this girl's woes. Sorry if I sound insensitive, but they're very different. The suffering of starving children is physical. Being hungry doesn't silence their will to live, as evidenced by the fact that they're willing to accept help from charity groups.
Suicide, on the other hand, is on an entirely mental level. Physical things like beatings, etc. contribute to suicide only when they cause a great deal of mental stress. This girl was obviously placed under a lot of mental stress by her lack of friends, failing grades, and of course, the constant teasing that often comes with being an anime fan (and this girl was a huge anime fan). It's entirely understandable that she'd have suicidal thoughts. Hopefully, though, they came to naught. Maybe she just needed to escape all her worries for a while, and when she returns to the U.S., if indeed she does, she'll be able to tackle her life's problems with less stress built up and a clearer head. I'm not sure this justifies a news story, but this was obviously something she needed.