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The Culture of Death

A “culture of life” must exist in order to contrast the previous.

Aokigahara - Japan's suicide forest
Aokigahara - Japan's suicide forest

(MADRID) - Japan is the country with the highest suicide index in the world, with more than 35,000 suicides every year. In the country of the born sun, one person takes their life every 15 seconds. On the internet, we call it “collective death pacts”, which are becoming an epidemic among the Japanese youth.

The first incident took place in Minano, near Tokyo. Inside a car the dead bodies of 4 boys and 3 girls were found. They had inhaled carbon monoxide, what is known to the Japanese as “the sweet death”. Subsequently, 6 young adolescents ended their life in a collective way as well at Fukuoka, the far Southeast of Japan.

We live in a culture of death, even if it is hidden under the covers of consumerism and wellbeing. It only takes a little bit more in order to dig deep into the reality to find that this moral poverty presents it-self with fierce selfishness, aggressive violence and little respect for the divine gift of life. To add to all of this, hedonistic and materialistic terms take us in a natural state where everything is permitted, where morality is at its most minimum.

Therefore, a “culture of life” must exist in order to contrast the previous. This life culture would be located within the family, in front of the “death empire”. We are living in a death culture; however, love is bartering through a culture of life.

A study conducted by the National Office of Drug Control in Washington D.C., affirms that alkaloids can produce damages such as anxiety, melancholy, psychotic outbreaks or suicide tendencies. In 2007, Emma Beck, the 30-year-old actress, had an abortion. She committed suicide, and alleviated herself by leaving her parents a pathetic letter: “Life is a living hell for me, I should have never aborted, I would have been a good mother. I want to be with me baby, who needs me more than anyone else”.

Assisted suicide is just as well ruthless. Recently, a clinic has been in a hurry searching to obtain the mortal concoction and has turned to the consumption of helium. The analysis of the suicide victims, the anguish between oppressions and convulsions of the patients are terrifying.

“It is important to point out that suicide is a gruesome, decadent, and cowardly act”, stated the German movie director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Even Alejandro Dumas asserted that “suicide is the greatest of crimes, because it is the only one that does not have remorse”. (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez-Moretti)


Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer Roselló, a prestigious Spanish advertising character, presents a fascinating personal and professional career fully devoted to the world of communication in its varied dimensions. He earned a PhD in Information Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, BA in Advertising from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Master in Marketing from the School of Marketing Studies in Madrid.

He has been Associate Professor of Business Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Navarra and a contributor to the Madrid daily ABC. He also spent several years teaching, both in the Official School of Advertising as the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 he was awarded the Gold Master, granted by the Senior Management Forum and AMPE Prize 1996 to the "long and brilliant career advertising."

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