I was listening to my local talk radio station the other morning and the hostÂ was bitchingÂ about a huge traffic jam that tied up an area bridge. It seems someone was threatening to jump.
HeÂ called the man on the bridge an “attention grabber,” and said we should just Â “let him jump.”
Well, don’t be shocked.
Talk radio shows are just that: shows. The host’s job is not to be moderate and thoughtful, it’s to stir you up. The more provocative the better — and appealing to the angry mob brings ratings. Angry mobs don’t talk people down, they scream, “Jump!”
But I’m not here to attack the talk radio host. Doing that would beÂ like going to the circus and criticizing the clowns for — well, acting like clowns. That’s their job.
I’ve never had a suicide affect my family directly, but I’ve known people who killed themselves and seen what it does to those left behind. It’s tragic — and the pain and loss upends lives and lingers forever. I suppose that “let him jump” is one solution when someone is in crisis, but maybe it’s not the best solution.
Meanwhile, the angry drumbeat of talk radio rolls along. Deport all the immigrants. Throw the bums out. And let him jump.