As reported in many news outlets, David Kellermann, the acting CFO of Freddie Mac was found dead in his home on 22 April 2009. Initial reports indicate suicide.
Although I have been a serious critic of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the congressional enablers like Barney Frank, Kellermann's death highlights a point often missed in the study of economics, the value of human life.
When discussing human life and its value, I am not speak in terms of actuarial tables or life insurance, but rather the unmeasurable value of each human being.
Each person is a unique a being, unrepeatable and significant. They change the world, often in ways only felt by their loved ones and those closest to them. However, the spotlight shines on a few, and often that light is blinding and unbearable.
As the world continues to deal with the financial crisis of 2008-2009, it is easy to understand the significant stress many are under, as the consequences are great. However, no consequence, no matter how significant in appearance or fact is greater than the loss of a parent, spouse or child.
As each of us views the difficulty we are under, never believe that your life or the life of another is no longer worth living. While the stress appears crushing, it can be managed. Help can be had and the choice to live should be made.
While I didn't know David Kellermann, or his family, I remember them in my thoughts and prayers, and ask you to do the same. If you know someone who is suffering, offer them any help you can. Take all signs or warnings of suicide seriously and get help! This, like all crisis can be weathered. It won't be easy, but it can be done. Life is worth living and protecting!