posted on Aug, 6 2011 @ 04:52 AM
I have read through most of the comments (though not all, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned), and I find it baffling, but not too
surprising I suppose, that people believe suicide is selfish. Do you people not know what the word selfish means? It means acting solely in the
interest of self with no care for others. I have personally known someone who committed suicide, and he felt that he was being UNselfish by ending his
life. You cannot say that someone is being selfish when they truly believe that they are doing others a favor. He was wrong, yes. Misguided, yes. But
those do not equate with selfishness. When you feel that you are nothing but a burden to those around you, when life has become such a struggle that
suicide appears appealing, how can you say that someone is being selfish?
As for me, because I don't believe in a God(s), religion doesn't factor in. If I was in my right mind, I can only imagine myself seriously
contemplating suicide if I had reached a point in life where disease had overcome me, where I had no possibility for survival, and where the little
time I had left would be filled with nothing but pain and misery. At that point, I see no reason to say suicide is not an answer. Saving money -
particularly if medication which only mildly reduces pain is astronomically expensive, which it is - is also a factor to consider. I do not think that
causing my family to go into thousands of dollars of debt so I can live in pain for another three months is the right thing to do. At that point, it
becomes selfish to live. It becomes selfish to NOT commit suicide, because you care only about your own prolongation of life, not about the financial
burden you are leaving your family with.