Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Suicide stats

The good people at SKOM were discussing suicide rates and pointed to the WHO's stats on the subject.

A few observations.

1. Eastern Europe is a depressing place.

2. Us Swedes are not, as Dwight Eisenhower once proclaimed, particularly suicide-prone, despite our Social Democrat politics.

3. China is the only country in the world with decent statistics where the suicide rate among women is greater than that among men.

Add to this the fact that selective abortion in China currently causes a gender ratio at birth of 12:10 in the favour of males.

This must add up to a serious prostitution boom going on in China. On the other hand, the Chinese men most likely to end up without unpaid female company are probably the ones who can't even afford to pay a prostitute. I therefore predict that the Australians will soon no longer be seen as the world's greatest sheep botherers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every person has a life to live, when ever he or she feels like to end it, should it not be up to each and every person to decide that.

12 August, 2006 02:31  
Blogger Martin said...

No, in my opinion the wish to kill oneself is in most cases a symptom of depression, which is a mental health condition. It's my duty as fellow man to keep others from killing themselves and to make sure they receive the treatment necessary to get out of the depression.

The exception to this rule is people with painful terminal physical illnesses or severe handicaps. It's hard to argue that someone with skeleton cancer or who has lost all mobility in a car accident has a great future to look forward to.

12 August, 2006 08:13  

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