On Suicide

On Suicide, and On Where One Chooses to Commit It

By Ken K. Gourdin

An employee recently was found dead in a conference room at Apple. Here’s the story (this and all other links last accessed on July 29, 2016):

http://www.sltrib.com/home/3831077-155/employee-found-dead-in-apple-conference.

I commented:

First of all, condolences to family, friends, and coworkers.

If it was suicide, I always wonder what makes people pick (if I can be forgiven for using this term) a particular “venue.” Is Apple a particularly happy, or at least an agreeable, place to work? If so, might someone want his last earthly thoughts to be associated with it? Or is it disagreeable and dismal? And if that is so, is the selection of that particular venue someone’s idea of “sticking it” to Apple? How much of whether a place is a (dis)agreeable place to work is driven by the particular industry’s ebb and flow?

Interesting things to ponder, but ultimately irrelevant to those most affected by the loss. Again, condolences.

A clue, perhaps (though this article is a few years old):http://www.zdnet.com/article/a…. Continuously striving for excellence is a worthy goal, but if even our best technology cannot be counted on to be 100 percent reliable, 100 percent of the time, one wonders whether such an expectation (demand?) of those who develop it is realistic.

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About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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