Ben Hyink was a passionate transhumanist and secular activist, and an intern and intern coordinator with the IEET. He helped organize and lead the Humanity+ Student Network (H+SN) and the Chicago chapter of Humanity+, co-wrote the “Humanity+ Student Leadership Guide,”, and was the recipient of the 2007 JBS Haldane award for outstanding Transhumanist Student of the year. Having struggled with depression he ended his life last week.
This is shocking news! Having exchanged some comments with Ben only a few weeks back, I wish I could have been more perceptive of his troubles and could have helped more to give support and perhaps helped to prevent this? I guess not? But on reflection, reading his last comments here, it reads now like a cry for help?
This is a terrible outcome! This world sucks sometimes, almost too much to bear?
I did not know you Ben, but I will not forget you or your words of thoughtful integrity.
My heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Gene Savory on 11/05 at 05:43 AM
I knew Ben through his sister, and always thought we would meet. Having dealt with depression in my family, I just never knew where the line was regarding the pain that would cause a person to make that decision to end. Now I weep.