What made billionaire American Kate Spade commit suicide? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 June 2018 16:04

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms…” (Ephesians 6:11-12, the Holy Bible).

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WHY DID BILLIONAIRE AMERICAN KATE SPADE COMMIT SUICIDE? You know, or are at least acquainted with, the American lady billionaire Kate Spade, right? She was the woman who started producing bags and other expensive personal items and products that carried her own name and which sold like hotcakes worldwide, although she later sold the company she and her family put up to run this billion-dollar enterprise.

She committed suicide on June 05, 2018, right inside her mansion in New York City, USA. She left a suicide note addressed to her young daughter, bidding her goodbye and assuring her that she, the young girl, did not have anything to do with Kate’s taking her own life.

As of the present, her family is disclosing that, for unknown reasons, Kate Spade contracted a mental disease. She suffered because of this mental ailment for about 10 years after she sold her company for almost US$4 billion. The question is: how is it possible that a very rich woman like Kate can be so gravely afflicted with mental illness which, in the long run, even compelled her to end her own life?

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MENTAL ILLNESSES AFFLICTING MANY WORLDWIDE AND IN RP: After Kate Spade’s suicide broke out in the news, media entities around the world started reporting that a truly great number of people worldwide, millions and millions of Filipinos included, are suffering from one kind of mental disease or another. To those who found the courage to admit they are afflicted with mental illnesses, they have been given the opportunity to undergo treatment or medical management by expert doctors.

To those who are refusing to acknowledge they are suffering from one mental disorder or so—largely on account of avoiding being the object of ridicule by their own relatives or peers—they are deprived of medical attention and medication. That is why they are not given appropriate medicine or taught effective technics to combat the disease.

What is the apparent cause of man’s mental illness? There could be plenty of causes. Imbibing too much alcohol or indulging in illegal drugs are the most recognized causes of mental illnesses nowadays, but inheriting the disease from one’s forebears is also a big factor to consider. Then, one other important consideration here is this: mental aberrations are in fact one of God’s curses.

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MENTAL ILLNESS IS ALSO CAUSED BY REFUSAL TO READ AND OBEY THE BIBLE: The Bible’s prognostications about mental illnesses are very clear. In its Deuteronomy 28:15 and 28, for example, it is there stated that if a person no longer listens to, nor obey, the commands of God, He will send them curses, which include the curse of madness  or confusion of mind.

The Bible does not contain a clear explanation about why God sends curses of madness or confusion of mind to those who no longer listen to, nor obey, His commands, but, from where I sit, I believe that because these people are no longer with God, the devil or the “spirit of darkness” is the one that has gained a foothold in their minds. Because God stays away from those who no longer listen to Him or who no longer obey His commands, the devil is the one that comes near them.

There are many warnings from the Bible about this. Ephesians 6:12, for one, states that the “heavenly realms”, or the minds and thoughts of people, are even now inhabited by the “spiritual forces of darkness” and is the one pushing them to commit sin or wickedness or heinous deeds. How can we fight this? According to Ephesians 6:11, let us put on the full armor of God—sincere faith, truthful prayers, and sharing the Word of God.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!