According to reports from Taiwanese media, a 53-year-old man who lived in the city of Changua committed suicide in his pick-up truck earlier this week after pulling over to the side of the road.
While any suicide is a tragic enough event, what brings this particular incident into the media spotlight today is the note the man allegedly left before taking his own life, which contained the lines: “I’m useless at just about everything these days, whether it be computers or cellular phones … Going on living in this way is scarier than dying. ”
The man’s body was discovered in the front seat and a half empty bottle of weed killer was also found on the floor next to him. In the footwell of the front passenger seat was a container with burnt coal inside.
It is thought that the man died of deliberate carbon monoxide poisoning after drinking the weed killer.
After confirming the identity of his dead father, the son of the man, who is in his 30s, commented, “It was too soon for him part from us like this, just too soon.”
It’s one possible reason for the suicide, though, that is upsetting so many online today.
Within the suicide note left let close by were the words,
“I suddenly realized that I really have to get with the times. I’m useless at just about everything these days, whether it be computers or cellular phones. I rarely buy anything new and there really isn’t much I can do. Going on living in this way is scarier than dying. Therefore I’ve made the decision to end my life.”
According to the man’s son, the deceased man had great affection for his grandchildren and visited them every one or two weeks. However, all three of his elementary and junior high school-aged grandchildren always seemed to be busy playing on their smartphones or PCs.
No matter how hard he tried, however, the grandfather just couldn’t get to grips with the technology and ended up feeling isolated. He’d tried to use the phone chat function to communicate with his grandchildren but technology had been a weak point of his since long ago. He made a living trading vegetables and rarely had cause to use such new gadgetry.
The man’s first wife died 10 years ago, and last month he divorced from his second. The cause of the divorce is thought to be related to the man’s short-temperedness. He also suffered from diabetes. Some believe that a combination of the above factors may have also made him feel depressed and led in part to the suicide.
A professor for the Family Therapy Research Institute commented:
“It’s quite possible that as a result of being unable to communicate with his grandchildren, the man developed a fear of social interaction within society. This then made him feel down, leading him to commit suicide. In order for older people to live a happy, fruitful life, it is important for them to positively find a hobby or some sort of study that allows them to integrate into society.”
Whether the reason for man’s suicide is completely to do with him being unable to get to grips with technology remains unclear but what’s important is, as fast as modern day gadgets and society develops, not to forget the senior citizens who got us where we are today.
Source: Matome Naver