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  1. Steve, I found the 22 vet suicide post to be quite interesting. Two questions:
    1. Is there the assumption, if not specifically backed-up by the research, that the relatively high rate in the older vet demographic would be skewed more toward “lifers”, who retired in later life, after putting 20-to-30 years in?
    2. You point-out that white mails, with a high school diploma, are most at risk. Is there an inference, if not actual research, suggesting that higher education–and thus greater job skills–might help reduce the suicide rate?

    I included some of the points in your post on one of mine. In it, I used my assumption on #1, and listed#2 as a question.

  2. Hi Steve, I just thought I’d let you know that I took you up on your offer of the free Art of Passion book and I’m really looking forward to it. Just a heads up though that even though I bought it in the free 48 hours and it was listed on Amazon for $0.00 I was charged 9.99. I wrote to them to try and straighten it out but I wanted to let you know in case you hear from others!
    Thanks again for it and for your blog 🙂

    1. Hi Noelle, I am very sorry about this! I noticed there was one sale at 9.99, so that was probably you. If it said 0.00 it should not have charged you when you ordered it. This is likely a glitch with amazon since you may have ordered it around the same time the prices changed. Let me know what they say. If they don’t replay, I will send them a message for you. Sorry about that!

  3. Hi Steve,
    Altruism is one of my favorite and most problematic topics. I don’t know about Canada, but in the US people in general just cannot get a handle on it.

    But first, a critique of a comment, although I remain open for discussion. You state “The failure of altruism is a failure of society.” Well, there is no one “society.” As well, a society can be very multicultural (French/English perhaps?). Also, society as a concept is in essence a reification. It is a construct out of, well, nothing really. BUT, I do get your point.

    What I really want to share is an article I ran across and dearly wish I could attach to this message. Being 8 pages, short as that is, I’ll not paste it here as it might mess something up with WP. But I expect you can find it. Is summarizes several experiments on the topic, so is a kind of easy cite itself.

    From some of the reading I have done, specifically “A Cooperative Species HUMAN RECIPROCITY AND ITS EVOLUTION Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis” it appears that cooperation has great survival advantages. Another reading, which I am to damn lazy to dig up, notes that in experiments with games (US) that people are mostly altruistic UNTIL cheating is suspected and then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket. I get it. Polling my students I find that they (as a reflection of popular media/culture) are far more distraught over people who cheat on welfare benefits than over bankers and fund managers who bilk our society out of billions of dollars.

    I gotta go. Here is that little paper that I find helpful on this topic. Best, es

    Altruism in Experiments
    Prepared for the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition, 2007
    James Andreoni
    University of California, San Diego
    William T. Harbaugh
    University of Oregon
    Lise Vesterlund
    University of Pittsburgh

    1. Thank you for this thoughtful comment and the reference. I agree that using the concept of “society” is often problematic, sociologically speaking. When I said “failure of society,” I meant “failure of a social social context to provide meaningful social regulations that promote social integration which contributes to social solidarity through in-group loyalty.”

  4. Steve, read your recent post on “Remembrance Day” and the comparison with our US Veterans Day – good article. Retail commercialization of almost any holiday here troubles many US citizens – takes the sacredness our of life and the acknowledgement of “the good” all around us – both man’s and God’s. Thanks for the thoughtful article.

  5. Hi Steve, great articles. I have recently graduated from the VTP program. Great program that could build on your work on moral injury and anomie. I found if fascinating. I come from the intelligence community where we were never allowed to discuss or disclose our work to anyone. This creates another layer of barrier to transition because you can’t tell anyone about your specific experiences. Most wouldn’t believe me anyway, but carrying this monkey on your back with no way to shake him off can be quite disconcerting and is a major factor in my PTSD. I have discussed the issue extensively with Tim Black and we’re brainstorming possible ways to help support this community that operates largely in the shadows but suffers from what you have described so eloquently in you articles. It would be easy to exclude this community in your research, they tend to keep low profiles, but if interested could possibly help with connecting you with a few. Thanks for the great writing, I love it.

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