Remembering Anthony Bourdain

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I made the mistake of opening YouTube to search for videos on the features of ECMAScript 6 when I came across this moving tribute to Anthony Bourdain. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who ever knew or admired him for his work is still devastated by the loss of someone who seemed, perhaps more than most, on top of the world.

For anyone still struggling to understand, I’d encourage you to stop asking that question. As Marc Murphy put it in a recent interview with Kate Bolduan, there is really no understanding why someone does this. It’s the same as if someone’s heart stops beating and they have a heart attack, or someone has a brain aneurysm that ruptures. In the case of people with mental illness and severe depression, it’s just another body part that stops working correctly, and there isn’t any way to know or understand it.

Instead of trying to understand why, or passing judgment about someone “taking the easy way out”, it’s time to start asking what we can do, as a society, to help those in need. How do we get people help when they, in their darkest hour, feel completely hopeless?

Though it isn’t nearly enough, I have to include this last bit: if you are struggling, there is always hope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, reach out to a friend or family member, or chat with someone online.

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