I knew a guy who was real concerned about how other people, especially women, saw him. He said he felt women noticed him more if he refrained from masturbating. I could relate to him because we were both single males, I was similar in age to him and because I did not respond to his bravado. But it was hard to get close to him and eventually I left the area. When I made it back about a decade later, I was told he had committed suicide. When I heard, I thought of this, not as a reason, but as a description: the smoke rising from an open fire moves as it lifts and sometimes the wisps form a circle that suddenly pops out of existence.
Very thought provoking experience you have created for your audience. Using the comic and then the article really creates incredible emotions. Thanks for sharing this. It makes me think about how I look at homeless people from now on.