How can we explain what happened in Kansas City last Saturday?
Jovan Belcher was a Chiefs linebacker … a young man with an apparently-bright future in pro football. His 22-year-old girlfriend – Kasandra Perkins – reportedly came home late after a concert. That apparently triggered what followed. Belcher killed Perkins, then drove to the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot where he spoke briefly with his coach and the general manager, and shot himself to death.
By the popular measures of society Jovan Belcher was a success. Thousands of kids dream of playing pro football … dream of making millions … dream of the attention and adulation we accord our sports stars. Belcher seemed to have it all.
But who knows what demons he battled; jealousy, anger, depression? They would seem to be prime suspects.
We find it difficult to deal with suicide I guess because we can’t explain it.
Our thought for today is from Albert Camus:
“There is but one truly philosophical problem, and that is suicide.”