The Falling Man from 9/11 (Esquire article and more)

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    This is an acclaimed and very human, article about one particular man who died on 911, having (most likely) leaped to his death. The photo, was particularly personal, and almost taboo. Read the article.


    The Falling Man - Tom Junod - 9/11 Suicide Photograph - Esquire

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    Here is an online obituary for the man believed to be the falling man.

    Tributes Page for Jonathan Briley
     
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    the video is shocking but calming in a way....he seems to have accepted his fate
     
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    That was a good article and I like the point it makes. For instance, I am bothered by it being labeled a "suicide". I don't think it was suicide, and I think it's an unfair stigma to attach to the people who jumped. But then again, that's the point of the article.

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    The obituary states that he was a Christian man, and serious about his relationship with God. He was probably praying.
     
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    So why are muslims puzzled that they have a pr problem?
     
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    i hope he found peace
     
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    I thought that myself. Suicide is definitely an inappropriate term.

    The article implies that, with some, there was a stigma attached to those who chose to fall, instead of being burned alive.

    I feel the opposite. I admire them for being able to choose to surrender to their fate. They were decisive people. They accepted their final destiny with grace, I think.
     
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    You know, I think, for this thread, it might be better not to diss Muslims. This thread is really entirely about something else.
     

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