The story ends with the phone number of a suicide prevention hotline. That’s just a sop after potentially putting lethal ideas into readers’ heads.
This is the concept of “rational suicide” — a minority view in the mental health professions.
Like so many others in the contemporary cultural milieu, Brooks remains in the shallow water by failing to grapple with the ubiquitous promotion of suicide we see all around us.
Two UCSF medical professors warn about increasing “rational” elder suicides.
If this keeps up, there will be a social expectation created that suicide is the right and proper way out — and not just for those with terminal illnesses.