Originally posted by GoldEagle
People these days think that if nothing goes the way they want to then just end it. I know 4 people that did it, all in rather gruesome ways. People
say that it's your body and all that other stuff but when it's all said and done, I bet you will think differently. I've heard all the reasons, all
of which are temporary and can be settled with a bit of help from others (counselling) but, for some reason people still turn to suicide. It's not
fair for anyone, suicide affects more people then it helps. Family, friends, and/or others can get quite hurt by it, I've seen relatively happy
families get torn apart by a suicide. Suicide is the most selfish thing you can do, not only you are showing no consideration for yourself, but for
The problems of today will not be around forever, so live it, what can hurt you can only make you stronger.
You are incorrect in a couple assumptions. First of all, not all suicide causing problems are temporary. I know many people who have tried and failed
or succeeded because of long standing issues that ground into them like nails. No amount of counseling in the world will save such a person. My friend
was such a person. He simply was tired of life, of all aspects of life, from working, paying bills, relationships, leisure, and the world in general.
According to the note he left behind, everyday of life was a slow, torturesome punishment for nothing. I remeber the many times we had talked about
stuff, and there really was nothing anyone could have done for him. He simply had no desire to live because life to him was utterly pointless and
predictable to its core.
You are also incorrect in thinking that just about any problem can be solved by counseling. I have little to no faith in psychology, as I have seen
people hurt by it more than helped. Counseling is not always the answer, and psychologists do not know half of what they think they know about the
human mind, and they completely ignore the human soul.
And I think its just as selfish of family and friends to want to force life on someone who no longer wants it. To me, thats the equivilant of forcing
someone to live in a cage and force feeding them food they dont like.
This is all why the suicide laws are so selfish, uninformed, and a waste. The only time suicide should be prevented, or an attempt stopped, is if the
act of suicide is endangering those around the person, such as a person who wants to jump off the freeway overpass into rush our traffic, or someone
who wants to blow themselves up. These activities could endager others DIRECTLY. But if a person alone in their home wants to overdose, or hang
themselves, or shoot themselves, and if they fail, I do not believe they should be locked up in the loony bin or jail. They are niether crazy nor
criminal. In fact, alot of people who succeeded or failed in their suicide attempts were quite lucid and had a really strong grasp on reality.
I still puzzle why suicide is "illegal" though. It it perhaps the fact that our society refuses to face the nightmare it has created, and thus,
condoning suicide will force us to see the ugly monster in the mirror? Is "illegal suicide" simply a feel good pill our whole system feeds us and
punishes failures with because it exposes a deeper, unhappier truth?
Who Knows? But police work and social work spent on suicide prevention and such are far better spent on more criminal and harmful activities.