Two wealthy New York celebrities – fashion designer Kate Spade (age 55) and chef Anthony Bourdain (age 61) – committed suicide within days of each other. Each had one young child.
The worst thing is the effect on the children. What will they think of themselves? Will they see suicide as an option because mommy/daddy did it? Will they blame themselves for the suicides?
These suicides not only point up a social problem with self-destruction, but it highlights the prevalence of suicide among people on the urban Democrat left. Meanwhile suicide among conservatives is vastly lower.
These are the same liberals who want to tell us how to live and who make us think that we should envy them and want to come to their parties, and that those of us who do not revere them or emulate them and think like them are hicks and hayseeds who are missing out on life.
Nonsense. The most important thing is life itself. Death is the enemy. And those who court death are never to be envied.
We all know, for instance, that we conservatives cherish life in every way – for instance, we are pro-life for the unborn while our Christian faith rejects suicide outright. So it would be no surprise that urban, pro-abortion liberals who are anti-Christian would suffer a high rate of suicide.
We know that many 20th century arts celebrities from Ernest Hemingway to painter Mark Rothko to the contemporary novelist David Foster Wallace have committed suicide at the peak of their fame and influence. The question is: Why?
And the answer is simple: These “artists” came to the desperate conclusion that their lifetime of achievements was hollow and empty.
Of course we are supposed to see suicide as a cultural or economic problem not a political one.
It is not. It is largely a political problem.
We are supposed to think that creative urban artists and writers and poets are crazy and therefore prone to suicide. But historically creative people were not the same as they are today.
The legendary artists from Phidias in Ancient Greece to Leonardo da Vinci in the Renaissance to Jacques Louis David in 18th century France were really a conservative breed. They were disciplined, sober and serious people with talents honed over decades. They could not afford to be drunk all the time, or depressed or suicidal or on drugs. It would have destroyed their work.
It is the “modern” artists who suffer since they are not really “artists” as we have known them for millennia. They are a new breed of frivolous artist who emerged in the decades following the publication of the Communist Manifesto in 1848.
Since then art has deteriorated and has become a shallow quest for fame at any cost and with dubious tactics and outcomes. Even Pablo Picasso, who died of old age at 91 in 1973, is reported to have said:
“In art the mass of people no longer seeks consolation and exhaltation, but those who are refined, rich, unoccupied, who are distillers of quintessences, seek what is new, strange, original, extravagant, scandalous. I myself, since Cubism and before, have satisfied these masters and critics with the changing oddities which passed through my head, and the less they understood me, the more they admired me! By amusing myself with all these games, with all these absurdities, puzzles, rabuses, arabesques, I became famous and that very quickly. And fame for a painter means sales, fortune, riches. And today, as you know, I am celebrated, I am rich. But when I am alone with myself, I have not the courage to think of myself as an artist in the great and ancient sense of the term. Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt were great painters. I am only a publis entertainer who has understood his times and exploited as best he could the imbecility, the vanity, the cupidity of his contemporaries. Mine is a bitter confession, more painful than it may appear, but it has the merit of being sincere.”
Anthony Bourdain was not technically an artist but he was an “artist” with food and about food. He was a celebrity and a talented entertainer. He was funny and astute and, of course, very ‘hip’ and liberal and anti-Trump. He worked in the restaurant business for decades before becoming famous with a book called Kitchen Confidential which is described by Wikipedia like this:
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is a New York Times bestselling non-fiction book written by American chef Anthony Bourdain.
The book, released in 2000, is both Bourdain’s professional story and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens. The book is known for its treatment of the professional culinary industry. The commercial kitchen is described as an intense, unpleasant and sometimes hazardous place of work staffed by what he describes as misfits. Bourdain believes it’s no place for hobbyists and all those entering this industry will run away screaming if they lack a masochistic, irrational dedication to cooking.
Since then he had become a famous TV celebrity, traveling the globe and reporting on international cuisine in a wry and original way.
He also had been honest about his decades of illegal drug abuse and serious alcoholism. Some photos show a haggard-looking and thin Bourdain, with tattooed arms, who looked like he had been through a lot. He did not look like a wealthy and well-kept New York celebrity… like Donald Trump.
His TV shows, including No Reservations, were truly original. But Fox News reports:
(Bourdain) revealed he had contemplated suicide several times.
“There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, ‘I’ve had a good run — why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing… jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth,'” Bourdain told the magazine.
He added, “In retrospect, I don’t know that I would do that today — now that I’m a dad or reasonably happy.”
The outspoken star also spoke about being the happiest he’s even been after meeting “somebody really strong.” He was likely referencing his girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento…
… “I was a heroin addict, for sure, and I was a cocaine addict, for sure,” he told People. “I never stopped drinking…”
“I think my last years working in the restaurant industry, I was definitely drinking too much because alcohol was around me at all times and you were under tremendous stress and people were willing to give you alcohol for free.”
If you have ever lived in New York City, as Nikitas3.com has, you see the dark side of the bright lights. As these celebrities rise higher and higher, life in New York often becomes meaner and more alienated and more stressful in the race to stay on top. It is not the glamorous life that we think it is.
Now compare left-wing Bourdain with conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer (age 68) who was last seen in public on Fox News in Summer 2017 before he took sick.
Krauthammer had a tough life. He had been paralyzed in an accident in his first year at Harvard Medical School yet he did not allow that to hold him back or keep him down or lead him to despair, alcohol and drugs. He went on to have a brilliant career as a doctor and then a political commentator.
Here is a letter to his colleagues and his followers across the nation that was read live on Fox News on June 8. This shows real class from a conservative who truly loves life and hates death but recognizes its inevitability:
“I’ve been uncharacteristically silent these past 10 months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me. In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade secondary complications — which I have been fighting in the hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.
“However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it’s aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors say the best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live, this is the final verdict. My fight is over. I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given (me) a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News and Crown Publishing.”
“Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and gave consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life–full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
This is very touching. Krauthammer shows a real respect and even reverence for life, even with the hardship that he had suffered in being in a wheelchair since his early 20s. He soon will be gone, as we all will be gone someday. And he is going out with dignity unlike Bourdain who is going out in shame, sadness and pain.
The Omaha World-Herald reports about suicide:
More than a decade of steadily rising rates have made suicide the nation’s 10th leading cause of death and one of only three causes of death — including Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses — that are increasing in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a report that examines trends in suicide at the state level from 1999 to 2016, the CDC says suicide rates have increased in nearly every state. In half the states, the agency found the rate rose more than 30 percent.
In releasing the report — the same week fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead by suicide — CDC officials noted that more than half of those who died by suicide — 54 percent — did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition.
A new study on suicide trends in 27 states found that many victims acted after relationship problems or loss; substance misuse; physical health problems; or job, money, legal or housing stress.
… In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans 10 or older died by suicide.
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