There was someone from a neighbouring, well not exactly neighbouring but not too distant, died lately and the police are not investigating their death or treating it as sinister or suspiscious. Their remains were found in Scotland and a dog had picked up a scent trail leading to a cliff edge overlooking the sea where other people have jumped from killing themselves. Its not really known if they did commit suicide because they left no note or anything and it is a dangerous place to go when it is windly like it had been lately. Although there are a lot of people who are drawing conclusions that it was suicide and saying that the person involved suffered from depression.
Someone told me that depression can do that, particularly if its a periodic or high/low sort of depression resulting from chemical imbalances in the brain. It is something which has intrigued me in some ways since reading Primo Levi's books and reading about how Primo Levi died.
Apparently after surviving the holocaust, death camps and seeing many other people die he was living, apparently fine, then one day he took a revolver out of a drawer and shot himself dead. Does anyone else wonder about this kind of thing? Are the bio-medical explanations about changes in brain chemistry sufficient?
It seems to me that people can endure and survive some pretty awful things, in the abscence of any struggles, in just normal everyday life the threat of despair and death seems to rise.