The holidays are over; time to get back to business! Unfortunately, it does seem that this so-called ‘business’ has plenty of room for one’s.. interpretation.
Hi! Welcome to the first real ‘Daily Dose of Dave’-post. Sure, I know it’s titled ‘#2’, but the first one was more of an introduction, so we’ll stick with it. Like I said in my previous post, I’ll be talking about my life in this series and we’ll get started with that right away.
Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be the cheerful post I was hoping to write and I’ve spend the last two hours writing, rewriting and trying to get it over with. I’m going to address some serious, terrible stuff that ruined my day. I do however want to write about it because I feel it’s important and the most respectful thing to do. I’m unable to get it out of my head. Let’s just hope this isn’t a sign of what 2018 has in store for us.
I think I’m pretty ‘hip’. I spend plenty of time on YouTube and I’ve heard about Logan Paul: a vlogger with a huge following. But that’s about it. I can’t say I’ve watched a lot of his content, which is probably because I’m not a part of his target audience. But I can say for sure that I’m not going to be watching any of his future content either and I’ll explain why.
So what did this guy I barely relate to do? While on a trip to Japan, Paul and his gang decided to film their trip to Aokigahara. For those unfamiliar, Aokigahara is better known as the Japanese suicide forest. As the name suggests, the forest is a place where, unfortunately, people come to take their own lives. As crazy as planning a trip to such a sad and horrible place and then filming your stay sounds: the worst is yet to come.
Paul and his gang proceed to film their trip to the forest and the worst thing possible happens. They find the remains of a man who has hung himself from a tree. Instead of calling the police and leaving right away (like any sensible person would), Paul decides to move closer and film the man for the world to see. They talk about the situation for a bit and in a matter of seconds start cracking jokes. Later, Paul watches the recording, edits it, makes a thumbnail for his video including a picture of the man, decides the video will do great, and uploads it to YouTube. And then YouTube decides to make it ‘trending’.
I’m lost for words. The nerves, the disrespect and the audacity it takes to do something like this is mind-boggling to me and it’s disgusting. After thinking about it all day, I still can’t think of anything to say that will make this right. His pathetic attempt at an apology later on and him talking about the suicide helpline doesn’t make a difference whatsoever. YouTube is just as bad by allowing these sorts of videos and people to populate their platform.
As someone who’s part of a world where there are people currently defending these practices, I can only say one thing: I’m sorry. I feel for the family of this poor man and anyone that has ever lost someone due to suicide or deals with severe depression and suicidal thoughts themselves. I’m so sorry.
I hate having to make this post. But I feel it’s the right thing to do. This is not something you just ignore and don’t inform people about.
Let’s hope for a better day tomorrow. For all of us.
I want to leave you with some advice.
Are you contemplating suicide or do you think someone else is? Please, get help! There are people that can help you.
Here you can find the suicide prevention lifeline:
Here you can find the ‘zelfmoord preventie’ (NL)
Here you can find a suicide hotline in your area:
Please consider donating to one of these hotlines.