I’m sure you’ve heard “other people have it worse” a million times. It doesn’t even register with me. How is it supposed to make us feel better, knowing that the world is full of people also suffering and leading worthless lives?
But here’s an idea. Like my title says, name some accomplished people whose lives were worse than yours but they didn’t kill themselves. Instead they contributed to the universe, even while suffering and dying tragically, they “held on” and it paid off.
I can think of 1. Billie Holiday (whom I’m listening to right now). Raped at age 12, sold into prostitution at 14, hooked on drugs at the same time, a hated minority, so bad that at one of her headlining shows she was told to use the service elevator, and yet she kept singing until her lungs gave out. Made the world a better place even though the world did nothing but shit on her.