In 1982, "ABC Evening News" reported on an unusual work of modern art-a chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair and looking directly into the gunbarrel. The gun was loaded and set on a timer to fire at an undetermined moment within the next hundred years.
The amazing thing
According to the Reuters news agency, in the fall of 1994, Alberto Gauna, who lived in the northern province of Chaco in Argentina, became so depressed that he decided to take his own life.
He took a.22 caliber gun, pointed it at his right temple, and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, but Alberto lived. So he pointed the gun at his forehead and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, but Alberto lived. So he pointed the gun once again at his right temple and pulled the trigger. Again Alberto lived. Again he fired. Again he lived. With four bullets in his skull, he decided to shoot himself somewhere else. He pointed the gun at his stomach and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, but he remained conscious. So he shot himself again in the stomach, and still he lived!
Finally, thankfully, Alberto gave up. At the time the story was reported, he was in a hospital in serious condition.
Perseverance isn't always a virtue.
Depression, Ministry, Suicide
Contemporary Illustrations For Preachers, Teachers, & Writers
Editor Craig Brian Larson, Baker Books, p. 252.