July 17th, 2013

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Carlos was right

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Carlos Vigil, a gay teen in Albuquerque NM, has committed suicide. I know better most that suicide isn’t rational and isn’t traceable back to a single or even series of acts. I get that he may have had deeper problems than any of us may realize. But Carlos himself was rather upfront about the cause of his suicide. According to the Advocate,

Carlos Vigil posted a suicide note to his Twitter account on July 13, moments before he ended his life. “I’m sorry to those I offended over the years. I’m blind to see that I, as a human being, suck. I’m an individual who is doing an injustice to the world and it’s time for me to leave,” reads the note. “The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with. I’m sorry for not being a person that would make people proud.”

Carlos is wrong about so very much here. He does not suck. He was doing no injustice to the world. And it was so, so not time for him to leave. As for being a fag? I won’t dignify that with a response. But he is right on one thing. Thinking that you are any of these things, particularly that last one? “In no way is that acceptable for people to deal with.” Himself included – being forced to think of yourselves in those terms is too big a burden for such young shoulders.

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