The death of Freddie Mac CFO David Kellermann is just the latest in a series of apparent suicides believed related to the current economic downturn.
What is disturbing in addition to the loss of life in its prime - Kellermann was 41 and the father of a 5-year-old - is the trend toward such a narrow focus that people seem unable to see beyond their own circumstances.
Those circumstances can indeed be dire, we do not dispute that, but they have been for many in the past as well. Looking beyond one's self to the greater society and to the future can help surmount present troubles.
This nation's founding fathers looked down the path to the future envisioning the growth and prosperity to be enjoyed by future generations, not themselves, and were able to withstand many hardships, pledging their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to a cause greater than themselves. We are the beneficiaries.
For some, creating a better world for their children or grandchildren provides the stamina to succeed. For others, the vision is of an eternal reward.
A return to the idea of a purpose greater than ourselves is in order. Gone then will be the greed which drives so many business and personal failures.
In its place should be the sense of community, people working together, which should alleviate unrealistic measurements of success and the personal burdens that for too many have become so great, they hasten their exit.