More people die every year from suicide than from armed conflict and natural disasters combined

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In one year 250,000 people will die from earth’s natural disasters and 180,000 people will die from armed conflict. Yet this pales in comparison to an even greater human killer.

According to the World Health Organization, close to 800,000 people die from suicide each year.

This means that the horrors of war and natural disasters don’t even compare in numbers to the amount of people that choose to take their own lives.

What is wrong with this situation? What can we do about it?

Jason Silva is a film maker, futurist and television personality who recently shared his perspective in a Facebook video on what needs to happen if we’re going to be able to address this horrific situation (see the video below).

According to Silva, there’s a cancer that has hijacked human consciousness, making people’s very selves the biggest threat to their survival.

The implications for humanity are incredibly dangerous.

As Silva points out, in increasingly larger numbers we are eschewing religious faith and we’re struggling to forge a connection with something larger than ourselves. Our hunger for meaning and desire for cosmic heroism – to live a “good life” – are under threat.

Silva quotes Percy Walker’s The Moviegoer to emphasize how important it is that we have faith in something larger than ourselves:

“The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.”

We’re facing a crisis of epic proportions. Our social structures or organized in such a way that many of us are feeling so oppressed that we’re willing to take our own lives.

We need to rethink how we organize our lives and come up with better symbolic structures that allow our psyches to merge with some kind of higher meaning, whatever that’s going to be for an individual.

This is where the solution needs to come from.

Here’s the video by Silva. Follow him on Facebook for more videos like this.