Have you noticed the media's fad lately? In the wake of increasing commodity prices they have been running anecdotal stories about individuals or households who, according to them, have been made miserable by the surging prices of commodities. Professional writers, commentators, and even academics follow suit. They don't even bother to check if the causality they like to believe holds true. Particular story like someone who committed suicide brings a lot of attention and sympathy. No less than a prolific writer paints the story on a canvass of misery. And people are touched. Then easily blame it on inflation.
So much for logic: this is what we call argumentum ad misericordiam.
As for me, I try not to be trapped in this kind of fallacy. As much as I sympathize with those who suffer from price dynamics, I keep asking myself: Was it really the price increase that caused the death? Was it not some other things, say, irrational spending behavior? How did we conclude that he killed himself because he could not afford some prices, a story we believed in? Can we trust those who claimed to be told firsthand by the victim before the suicide? If, all this were true, then why do some still survive? Why not many suicide cases? There were times when inflation was far more hurting, here and elsewhere in the world. Were they followed by higher number of suicide cases? If so, were they causally related? If poverty was the cause of suicides, why then richer Japanese kill themselves?
Oftentimes, people buy what they hear just because the story is about misery. And some other people really use it to get the others. To get them agree with what they are going to say next.