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The Human Cost Of US Recession:
An Attempt To Understand How Recession has led
Struggling Employees To Commit Suicide
By Ali Al-Hail
ccun.org, May 3, 2009
This study is primarily, concerned with US recession
that takes its toll on mostly, innocent employees and their families. The
human cost is all, but terrifying. The number of struggling employees,
committed suicide, some of whom took other folks' lives with them, never
fails to shock and sadden.
To examine such a rather
awfully, sorrowful topic, critical questions of faith in God, versus
faithlessness has been addressed and discussed in details. For; this study
suggests that in the US, there is a correlation between the widespread
faithlessness, materialism etc. and suicides. The current
recession-turned-depression, in some cases has shown how weak and vulnerable
people can be when threatened with a job loss. Therefore, a political
role of some kind is desperately, needed to stop such a self-imposed
Since mid 2008,
when recession began to bite, a wave of a series of job loss and financial
hardship-hit-families have contributed to an increase in suicides across the
US. About 32,000 Americans die by suicide each year, and the rate is
increasing, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
To illustrate, in McLean County; suicidal incidences have
jumped over the past three years from 13 in 2006, 15 in 2007 and 18 in 2008,
according to Barb Nafziger, chief deputy coroner. Economic theory assumes
that once recession begins to breed such a high – scaled human cost, it most
likely, to turn into depression.
Additionally, Beth Kimmerling, from American Foundation For
Suicide Prevention said: “If we continue to trend this way, 2009 will be a
year of significant loss.” In certain circumstances, recession-hit-victims
revealed they were worth more dead than alive. “It’s terribly sad,”
It cannot hardly, be untrue. Though
statistics are scarce for 2009, The World has horrendously, been alarmed by
41, the acting chief financial officer of the struggling US mortgage giant
Freddie Mac committed suicide on Wednesday April 22, 2009. A week earlier, a
Maryland father, 34, shot his wife and three children to death, while fast
asleep in bed and then killed himself.
An Alabama man
who went on a shooting rampage in March, 2009 killing 10 people and himself,
left a note saying he put his mother "out of her misery" and that "some of
the people who made us suffer will pay," according to newly released police
records. He was apparently, referred to the political establishments and its
giant mortgage institutions.
In the view of those
samples of US recession-triggered-suicide, an attempt has to be made by the
government and its bailed out financial institutions that are directly, held
accountable for most suicide cases that took place mid 2008- up until now.
This suggested attempt could be summed up in 1) a studied
campaigned process to raise US citizens' awareness about valuing life; 2)
revisiting the long-abandoning concept of faith in God, as the provider and
This study believes that, a lack of
faith in God, at best case scenario and these phenomena of obsession
with materialism (i.e. with creating an ultra-consuming society), promoted
and led by the government, the media (i.e. the advertising industry,)
faithless scientists etc. are seen as primary factors that led to this
situation of escalating amount of suicide. It was not always like that in
the US. Prior to 1960's a vast majority of the people where God fearing and
honoring people. Between the educational system and a liberal Supreme Court
God was removed from US society and the unfortunate results are now clearly,
seen, a steady decline in everything for the past 50years.
There is a Creator God and that the Universe does not operate by random
chance, evolution or chaos but by Intelligent Design. Unfortunately in the
West today the educational system has been hijacked by the atheists, who
teach there is no God, as their first premise. Thus all the rest of
their education is flawed, and US society suffers for it.
suicide, in most cases don't have faith (yaqeen in Arabic) in Allah,
Almighty God. The concept of 'faith' is more profound and sustainable than
the concept of 'belief' (eiman.) Many people believe, for example that they
are susceptible to death. But still, they corrupt, coerce, suppress, cheat,
bribe etc. Hence, faith is the roof of belief. In the same way, a house roof
protects it from torrential rain, storms etc. faith protects belief from
becoming weak and immoral.
as soon as recession fell upon faithless folks (albeit, some are with
belief) they were too weak to resist its effects. For, they were not
equipped enough (faithful enough) to confront it.
Allah, Almighty God, created all creatures, including humankind. Allah,
didn't decide that was only just that. Allah, watches over people and follow
them up on a daily basis. One cannot move from here to there by a single
meter, unless Allah permits.
It's most arrogant, to
assert that humans were created by molecules in the atmosphere, or by
biology, "which is there," according to faithless scientists. Molecules,
biology, chemistry, physics etc. do exist. However, they do with Allah's
will. They are amongst Allah's endless list of powerful forces.
Humankind, soft livered creatures and others, were formulated as embryos in
females' wombs. The bearer, the womb, biology etc. are Allah's means. They
are amid Allah's limitless powerful forces. Allah, Almighty God puts them
there. Therefore, they function and perform with Allah's consent.
It's completely, nonsense to declare they are there by
utter coincidence, mother nature, nature etc.. What kind of logic is this?
Isn't it a way of ridiculing humans' minds? What a coincidence? Is there a
room for a coincidence? What a mother nature? What a nature? Define? How
were they there? By themselves? How? A power that transcends that of humans'
which put them there. This power is called many names by folks with faith.
This power is called Allah, Almighty God, God etc. I think such a thesis
makes a sense. Isn't it?
It's this obsession with
materialism and with what you can touch, see and hear, which has led to this
crisis of faithlessness, Godlessness, Allahlessness. Many materialistic
sources have contributed to this crisis. The media, civil education,
business, scientists, physicists, medicine etc.
The aim is to persuade humankind to focus on their
immediate lives (though, its temporary.) The whole orbits and galaxies are
temporary. Only, Allah, Almighty God is permanent. This materialistic
doctrine suggests that, when a human, any human, passes away, that's it? She
\ he is finished. They of course, intentionally, or otherwise, seemed to
neglect the fact that, humans' lives are designed by Allah differently, from
those of other creatures.
Eating, drinking, sleeping,
working, producing, going to lavatory, having intimate moments, are shared
by almost entirely, all Allah's creatures. However, apart from all those
activities that humans have in common with other creatures, humans are
required by Allah to worship, to have a contact with God. Therefore, unlike
materialists' perception a human's death is simply, a preliminary step on a
It's not eccentric to
feel and to manifest that way, as materialists attempt to brainwash humans.
An every day observatory notes, indicate that, because of this very
faithlessness, US recession-hit-struggling employees, began to kill
themselves (i.e. to commit suicide.)
Recession attacked human economies, because folks who were
in charge of these economies misbehaved in one way or another. Recession is
a powerful force of Allah, and humans alike.
Since Allah created people, Allah tests them via any measures, Allah
chooses. By no means, can this planet of existing creatures be left only to
people, to organize and to manage. People are merely, Allah's forces and
means whose instinct ignites to do so. When they go astray, Allah
intervenes. Recession is both, a means of testing and punishing. It's also,
a means and an opportunity from Allah, alerting people of overhauling their
methods of running their economies, finances, manners etc.. The aim is to
improve, develop, to invent…better ways of using Allah's gifted revenues and
resources, for humankind sustainability.
If folks believe in the absolute fact, that Allah gives and Allah takes
away, they will enjoy an incredible peace of mind. Depression, frustration,
failure etc. are again powerful forces of Allah. If one is immune with this
faith, she \ he will never be vulnerable. Therefore, these negative and
destructive feelings over a job loss or a financial hardship, will never get
into them. Subsequently, she \ he wouldn't resolve into suicide.
I know a fair number of recession-hit-friends and
acquaintances right here in the US. They have recently, been made jobless or
lost up to $5 million in stock markets. They, with Allah's blessing have
this ammunition i.e., faith and belief.
They said to me
in a kind of a consensus…"why should I get depressed and ultimately, commit
suicide over such a thing...I was happy when Allah gave me the job, why
should I get depressed once Allah took it away from me… I was happy when
Allah gave me the money, why should I get depressed once Allah took it away
from me…" Allah, has a wisdom, when gives and takes away. Allah tests and
punishes. Creatures are ruled from upstairs. Earth's rulers, governments
etc. are purely, Allah's means. A human-ruler may go to bed at night and may
not wakeup next morning. A human-ruler goes to lavatory, like anyone else. A
human-ruler cannot resist a cold flue. A human-ruler is vulnerable, weak and
delicate. A human comes to this life with a decree from Allah, she \ he
passes away with a decree from Allah. Thus, all things happen to humans
between those two decrees are from Allah. Allah who is the only absolute.
These conventions are real deterring weapons before recession and other
Because of faithlessness or lack of it,
recession-hit-employees seem to find suicide as the only remaining solution
to their struggle with living. Folks, as individuals are naturally,
engineered by Allah, Almighty God to differ..
Differentiations can take many forms. Amongst them are; in folks' ability to
tackle bad experiences and negative sentiments, that potentially, ignite
such drastic resolves.
Folks with stern faith, would
channel such suicide-triggered-feelings in many ways. For instance, she \ he
could create, develop, invent etc. innovatory ideas, for substituting what's
lost or gone.
Folks following the latter, quite often,
tend not to face obstacles to diagnose and subsequently, to handle inner \
personal tribulations in a tranquil and planned fashion. However, in the
West, materialistic or atheist \ agnostic researchers be inclined to assume,
this ability to reroute suicide-triggered-emotions, has nothing to do with a
degree or another of having faith. They seem to attribute it to biological
and chemical balances.
Biological and chemical balances
are amongst Allah's powerful forces.. They are put there in humans as means
from Allah. Now, Allah who orders them to function or to malfunction. Faith
in Allah is widely, observed to balance them rather than misbalancing them.
In case of Zero faith, it's observed that biological and chemical become
imbalanced. Here, where suicide could occur.
Although, serious depression is prescribed as a medical
illness by the World Health Organization (WHO.), the WHO, again didn't
suggest a faith correlation. Very rarely, folks with faith, could be having
depression. Thus, (diagnosing serious or major depression as a long-lasting
sadness that doesn't let up for two weeks or more) again neglected the faith
As for children, depression and other negative
feelings as a result to their recession-hit- parents, can be avoided since
early age by bringing them up to having faith in Allah, Almighty God.
Children of faithless parents, it's quite possible to having depression
which is frequently indicated by irritability (i.e. tetchiness, touchiness,
bad temper, petulance etc.)
decisions upon which some folks become hooked to can be a turning point in
folks' lives either way. Folks with faith by and large, seem to practice
them out by surrendering to Allah, while taking up available means or
searching for better means than those available, to invent alternatives.
For example, a job loss does create an impulsive decision,
positive or otherwise. Folks with faith, in most observed cases, won't
resolve into suicide or any other negative action. By contrast those without
faith (who believe only in the life that is lived) more often than not,
could commit suicide or express their impulsive decision regarding a job
loss in any other negative actions mostly, detrimental.
In psychosomatic faith (albeit, most psychosomatic scholars world-wide are
not with faith defined in this article, they appear close to it,) mental
illness, which leads some folks to commit suicide, is a result of lack of
faith. To clarify more, hatred, envy, jealousy, bitterness etc. can make you
mentally, ill. In other words, Not being able to handle a situation (e.g., a
job loss, bankruptcy) in a calm and ordered manner, could make one mentally,
If one has a faith in general, she \ he could assess such a
situation as a better prospect for a) revising things, utilizing accessible
means, looking for better means…; b) could see in it as a divine test or its
working towards her \ his interests etc.
Finally, one could say that, instead for the US
administration muddle in other nations' affairs, it should deal with
stopping people from committing suicide. It's not Taliban of Pakistan which
pose a "mortal threat" to the US and World security, according to Clinton,
the State Secretary, BUT this apparently, unstoppable suicides which
pose a "mortal threat" to US social security.
Instead of bailing corrupt lending institutions, ordinary
struggling US employees and their families ought to be bailed out. It's
observed that the US administration is remaining completely, aloof, while
people commit suicide almost daily.
1. Nafziger, B.. (chief deputy coroner,) Mclean County Office,
quoted from American Foundation For Suicides Prevention (AFSP.)
Kimmerling, B. (Coroner,
email@example.com,) Mclean County Office, quoted from American
Foundation For Suicides Prevention (AFSP.)
Professor, Dr. Ali Al-Hail, Professor of Mass
Communication, Twice Fulbright
Award Winner, Fulbright Visiting
Scholar, Vice-President Of Qatar Fulbright Group, CSR Award Judge and Board
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