An evil man I know is on the brink, I can reveal, after a recent downturn in his state-of-mind.
The man, who wishes to rename mainless, recently split with his wife of 22 years, and his two children, choosing instead to live alone, albeit with frequent visits from another woman, some years younger than his pretty wife.
Initially, the man shrugged off his semi-guilty feelings over the welfare of his family, and plunged headlong into his sordid new relationship, re-inventing himself in the process.
As time wore on, however, this new image began to grate on the man, and his ex-family presented themselves far more often in his thoughts, from which he has found it virtually impossible to escape.
Now five months after the divorce, the man is a physical and mental wreck, and, despite offers of help and support from friends he has never met, the man is almost at breaking point with what he now perceives as feelings of self-loathing. He has told me he has something of a reluctance to continue with his daily charade of 'pretending to be happy' with his current lifestyle, and has more than once considered going to the top of a high building.
Public opinion (mine) is somewhat divided on this issue. Some feel a certain sympathy for the man, reasoning that someone of his age could easily be going through some 'mid-life crisis', and that an about-turn might possibly produce a positive result in the form of a reconciliation with his wife.
Others, though, say that he has shown a distinct lack of responsibility towards his family, and that, through his actions, he has put his own needs before those who should matter to him most, his ex-wife and children, and that he deserves all he has now got.
Which is very little.