Originally posted by JerryH
I don't doubt that there are tragic ends. I do doubt that they are easily explained. Did this poor woman die because of a strict Hasidic Jewish upbringing? Did she die because of the loss of community that resulted with the rejection of her faith? Did she die because she had poor coping skills and couldn't find new community?
Did nature err in the creatio ...[text shortened]... d you? Would humanity be better off? Religion is so universal, does this hint at some necessity?
I believe it's clear enough that religion did not help Faigy Mayer have a happy life.
Before her death, Faigy Mayer wrote and said (she appeared in 2012 documentary
by 'National Geographic' ) quite a bit about her life. It's evident that she was deeply unhappy
growing up with the expectations and restrictions placed upon Hasidic Jewish girls.
After leaving the Hasidic community, she understandably struggled greatly in adjusting
to the radically new ways of living and thinking in the more secular modern world.
Her most immediate problem seems to have been her living situation. She urgently
needed to find a new place to live. She kept asking her friend, Yangbo Du, if she
could live (platonically with him) at his place and if he could help her find a job.
He believed there was not enough room for her to stay permanently, but he was willing
to allow her to stay temporarily. It seems to me that if Faigy Mayer had been able to
get just a little more help, such as a job offer or a new place to live, in time, then she would
not have taken her own life. The margin between life and death can be small indeed.