I was saddened to learn of the tragic death, by his own hand, of Aaron Swartz. That a prominent member of my community, our community, the tech community, is gone forever is sad. That he was lost so young is tragic. That he took his own life is a horror.
Aaron Swartz wrote openly about having depression (I don’t like to use “depressed” as an adjective; It’s a disease that you have, not a thing that you are.) And many of the outpourings of grief and support after his death recognized in it a shared experience. The relatability of Aaron’s struggle made the tech world feel even more like a community, as it did after Ilya Zhitomirskiy’s tragic suicide in 2011. For, while depression is dreadful for anyone, it may have a uniquely pernicious effect on highly logical minds.