Chester Bennington has committed suicide.
He was a leading singer of a band called Linkin Park. I have been a big fan of them and their music ever since I listened to their first work, Hybrid Theory. I was 15 years old. I am now wondering how many times I wished I could sing like him. His voice is impressive and moving, strong but sensitive. The band is prolific, and there seem to be many songs that no one but Chester can sing.
There are some songs of theirs in which they express a resolution in the face of difficulty. Songs of this kind have been encouraging to me when things go wrong and I am on the verge of giving up every effort that I have made. I would like to share with you a song called "A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES." This song is about a man who tries to attain the unattainable. "'Cause I know what it's like to test fate. Had my shoulders pressed with that
I watched their show at SummerSonic. Their songs live on and will continue to give me a fresh courage when I am down, but it is a pity that I should never be able to hear him sing on the stage.
I sometimes wonder what makes people kill themselves. Albert Camus, a Frech philosopher and novelist, said that there is one thing that makes life meaningless and it is suicide. If so, it is likely that Chester could not intend to make his life meaningful any longer. I am determined to make meaningful the life which looks meaningless by living on. I will wait for the light that never comes. But, ironically, one of the experiences that have led me to make this decision is listening to their songs and his voice.