I realize I shouldn't have called this taboo "universal"...
Thank you for that.
Who hates his life more than a suicide?
Suicidal thought often involves "problem solving." The person may think about how their own death will improve their siutation. The quality of that
thought may vary from the coldest rationality (there are, after all, plenty of things worse than death) to utter mental collapse (the aliens say that
they'll beam you up as soon as you're finished).
So, I would not infer that someone "hated life," knowing only that they performed, or seriously contemplated, suicide. Nor could I be certain of any
rational connection between preference and behavior in their thinking, knowing only that one fact about the person.
It is also very unlikely that suicide has anything to do with what Jesus was talking about in the biblical passage you cited. However, one
interpretation of Jesus' career is what we now call in the United States "suicide by cop."
Could the major world religions be blocking the door to the easy way out?
Wouldn't their main focus be on keeping people in the "black iron prison?"
Obviously, no vendor wants any paying client to commit suicide, just as the vendor doesn't want anything else that loses a customer.
On the other hand, I think it is absurd to attribute attitudes about a complicated subject like suicide to a marginal interest like that.
If you really believe that religion is an enterprise which controls the masses, then you must also believe that religion has a lot in common with
other mass merchandisers, like McDonalds, say.
Uncle Mac would obviously rather you kept coming in regularly for your dead cow fix. But if you stopped, then he would hardly notice, much less
grieve. There are plenty more customers where you came from.
Could the ultimate freedom be found through the ultimate renouncement of this world, suicide?
That's very interesting to speak of "finding" anything. The waking consciousness can hardly conceive of its own non-existence, probably for many of
the same reasons that sighted people can hardly conceive of what it is like to be blind from birth. It is "like" nothing.
So, if indeed, suicide extinguishes you, then you don't find anything at all. Not freedom, not rest, just nothing.
In the alternative, if suicide doesn't extinguish you, then Hamlet summed it up nicely, that there's the rub, who knows what dreams may come?
That makes it a little hard to offer advice, no?