Logan Paul was initially a name that hadn’t ever made it onto my radar, which in retrospect in a way is somewhat strange considering he’s raked in a whopping $12.5 million in 2017, according to Forbes, as the fourth highest paid Youtuber.
But now I know him, and, well Logan, what an interesting introduction you’ve given me.
In case you don’t know why I’m saying it was so interesting to be introduced to Logan…let me explain.
So Logan decided to adventure to Japan, specifically to the Aokigahara Forest, otherwise known as Japan’s “suicide forest.” Now, this forest is known to be a place where many people come to take their own lives. Pretty morbid, huh? Yeah, I’d say it is.
Anyways though, Logan took some friends to the forest with him to explore and morbidly enough they found a person hanging from one of the trees. So he decides to take out his recording skills and record their “mind blowing discovery.” In the video he records, the group laughs and ridicules the dead body they found.
But you know what? I think many should forgive him. I mean what has he done different from the behavior of so many of you? Surely you all can’t point fingers at someone exactly like you. After all, when you point one finger at someone else, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself.
When you dismissed mental health and illness as nonsense, you were no different than Logan Paul. When you bullied another kid in school, you were no different from Logan Paul. When you put another person down for an outburst or withdrawal from daily life, you were no different from Logan Paul. When you skinny shame or fat shame someone by telling them they aren’t “fit” to wear a certain outfit, you were no different from Logan Paul.
Think this was bad enough? Let me give you some facts. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, just in America 44,965 people die from suicide every year. On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
I want you folks that do what Logan Paul did in your daily life to realize that, YOU are contributing to these statistics. While each and every person is inevitably responsible for their life, I strongly feel that the actions of other contribute to a person’s desire to die.
And honestly, who is ANYONE to ridicule a person after their death? I mean honestly think about it, how would you feel if someone ridiculed you or someone you lost to suicide after their death? Not good at all, right?
But you know what I suppose the problem is? How can we expect people to treat others with respect after their death, if they can’t do so while someone is alive? I used to think that the problem was that people weren’t heard early enough, but I’ve come to realize that in actuality…many times people are heard and are ignored.
Now ask yourself. And be honest. Do YOU have blood on your hands? Are you a Logan Paul?
If so, stop. Because every day we’re losing people, extraordinary people…because of people like yourself. We’re losing mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. Friends and acquaintances. We’re losing lives that matter.