You cannot escape yourself. Everywhere you go, there you are. Some people who move to the Philippines thinking to get away from the hassle and stress of the West do not realise that it is they who are the source of all the hassle and they will only bring their problems with them.
One such man was Richard Alexander Harbich.
A German man with many complications back home, in 2014 he ran away to the Philippines to meet a woman he met online. He returned to Germany in early 2015 and came back to the Philippines a few months later. I will not give a biography of this man. I will only say that all the media reports of him being duped by a woman are incorrect.
The fact is he was beset by serious financial and psychological troubles which he could not handle and he thought that he could outrun them by moving to the Philippines. As with many he thought that the Philippines was a paradise where everything would be so much easier, where he could start a new life and the past would simply vanish. But he caught up with himself and on March 3rd, 2016, in a final desperate act, he jumped from the third floor balcony of a mall and killed himself.
BACOLOD -- About a year after he complained to local police that his Negrense fiancée duped him, German national Richard Alexander Harbich leaped to his death from the third floor of a shopping mall in Bacolod City on Thursday afternoon, March 3.
Apparently broken-hearted and broke at the same time, his frustration could have prompted him to end his own life, said Senior Inspector Richard Fajarito, chief of Police Station 1.
The 40-year-old native of Friedberg, Germany, first attempted to jump from the same location on Wednesday evening, but mall tenants stopped him.
Around 3 p.m. Thursday, Harbich was seen roaming alone inside SM City Bacolod. Moments later, he went to the third floor of the mall’s Annex Building and jumped.
Mall goer Bea Fernandez, 40, of Barangay 16, said she was standing near the foreigner, but she failed to stop him because she was holding her three-year-old daughter.
She said she saw Harbich climb up the railing and eventually fall to the ground floor.
Fernandez added that she asked for assistance from a security guard.
Harbich sustained serious injuries and died upon reaching Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital.
Do not make the mistake of thinking the Philippines is a paradise on earth. There is no paradise on earth. Wherever you go you will bring your own fears and pathologies and issues. You cannot escape yourself and in a foreign country any troubles you have will only be exacerbated.
Do not make the mistake so many have made and think that running away from your problems will solve them. It could be that you are the problem. And you cannot escape from yourself.