@cadey @leo I think the reality of the other people is the key question. I think often of this PostSecret card: http://postsecretcollection.com/PostCards/1d06bb190182437fa8094d61b47006f7/Everyone-who-knew-me-before-9-11-believes-im-dead
I find the idea of faking my own death and starting over completely very compelling, but aside from it being a sort of suicide, I have commitments to people. I am part of their support networks; whatever my faults, people do sometimes reach out for help. The reality of them and their needs affects the ethics of leaving them in the lurch.
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