I’ve blogged frequently on the topic of student suicide (Student Suicide Rates in Taiwan, More on Student Suicide Rates in Taiwan, Suicide and the Media in Taiwan) but I still do not know how to regard its intrusion in my own life. I’ve decided, though, that there’s two things I hate — suicide and war, because they both lay waste to the young.

I won’t go into any details, but a senior in my department, in a couple of classes, killed himself on monday. He needed help. And others around him needed help. And didn’t get it. From anyone. And so many people were hurt. And a life went to waste.

Suicide constantly intrudes its loathesome presence into our lives in Taiwan. It is not a comfort that gets us through many a cold night. It is the lair of a cannibal god.