Do you think it is adequate to take the suicide of a human being as an opportunity to reflect on the allegedly sad state of German hip-hop? Or to present suicide as the logical consequence of a "whining" character?
And should you not, at the very least, have checked a few facts that support your insinuation that the depressed German nature leads to depressed hip-hop artists who can't help but kill themselves?
Let me help you out:
Places 33 and 49 might be of particular interest.
I love your blog but I find this post pretty disgusting.
Here's the thing about those suicide statistics, which show America having a higher suicide rate than Germany. In the U.S., 55% percent of suicides are committed by firearm. In Germany, the most common method by a massive margin is hanging (g). In 2011, 4,664 people killed themselves by hanging. The next most common methods were pills, jumping off a high structure, and getting run over -- but all of those were under 1000.
For reasons that should be obvious, suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound is much more effective than any other method. It's much harder to kill yourself with pills than you might think, and a large number of overdoses are simply cries for help. Also, given modern emergency medicine, you'd be surprised how many people survive jumps from bridges or high buildings, albeit with horrible injuries. Further, gunshots are instantaneous -- unlike with jumping, hanging, or laying down on railroad tracks, once you begin the process it's over in milliseconds. So the placement in that list of the USA is probably slightly anomalous, given the difference in methods. I have no idea how much of an effect this is, but it's probably unwise to speculate that suicide rates in the USA and Germany differ radically.
The other point I was making, though, is that whining is a form of expression that should be suppressed by scolding and shaming. I'm not talking here about criticizing social problems, or pointing out flawed policies, or angrily denouncing injustice, or even registering disgust or hatred. Those things are all constructive in one way or another. But helpless, morose, why-me-O-Lord, I'm a victim of my society and my parents whining is not just pointless, but distasteful and actively harmful, since it spreads a miasma of helplessness, futility, and resignation.
It's also an expression of pure ingratitude, surely one of the ugliest human emotions. When the world hears Germans whine, it sputters in outraged scorn. Here's a society with full employment, a high standard of living, free universities, universal healthcare, an excellent justice system, good schools, plenty of parks, functioning state institutions, low rates of violent crime, etc., and they're still whining? What utter self-obsessed ingrates. What do they want, a fucking pony? Who would they trade places with -- a Syrian refugee?
I have no idea why Jakob Wich killed himself, but I do know a number of Germans who show clear signs of depression, but refuse to get it treated -- especially with pills. There's this peculiar cult of Wertherian authenticity that almost luxuriates in depression and melancholy. And I'm not talking about grief after a death or breakup. Most Germans quite rightly feel these are natural phases that should be gone through. I'm talking about years-long bouts of intense depression caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. I've known several peopel in this state who refuse all treatment simply because they don't want to be 'fake' or to take 'chemicals'. So they wallow, year after year, in a state of depression that is probably treatable.