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Mark Twain said there’s nothing sadder than a young pessimist.

But there is: a despairing young pessimist who yields to her despair and, in a weak irretrievable moment, pre-emptively terminates all the marvelous unexplored possibilities of the precious gift of her one and only life. A young woman we knew did just that, we learned yesterday. So sad.

So sad, as Jennifer Michael Hecht writes, that she couldn’t imagine the conversation she might have had with a later version of herself, the conversation that would have persuaded her to stay. “The person in the future deserves to exist…” She owes it to herself, and we all owe those who persevere and affirm life’s priceless value.

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