The story is sketchy. The details are sparse.

The news only says a woman walked onto the freeway at the beginning of rush hour and lay down in the lane. Several vehicles hit her before anyone knew what was happening.

This is what I know of the story to this point, but it is a story that has stayed with me. What was it that caused someone to walk out into that situation?

I thought of the Henry David Thoreau quote:

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

Was this a life lived in quiet desperation? What was the song that did not get out?

Perhaps it was nothing like that. Yet, the story has caught my imagination for the moment. Someone letting things go in anonymity. Was anyone paying attention?

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Desperation

  1. There was a very sad case recently of someone on Facebook telling everyone how desperate he was and how suicide seemed the only option and none of his “friends” took any notice and he did kill himself. Never give up listening carefully to what others have to say.

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