Suicide

I chose suicide not because someone in my family has committed it or someone close to me now, but I chose it because I believe it is very significant personally towards me. Usually, the majority of people who commit suicide are the youth. This is because of numerous problems like troubles at home, change in schools, being bullied, too much stress, getting dumped by someone, social struggles, among others. I believe that everyone has thought of the same idea as I did before: there has been at least one instance in which you wanted to just die because of something bad that happened. I have certainly experienced that. I transferred to Xavier 4 years ago and luckily, I got along well with my batch mates. I was not bullied and I enjoy my tenure in Xavier. However, I have seen other people bullying younger or weaker people. I wonder what they are feeling that time. It is possible that they have also thought of suicide. Suicide is intentionally ending one’s own life.

Even though the reasons for suicide are quite logical, I believe that suicide is WRONG. Suicide is like giving up on everything: your family, friends and everything, including your life. Most of those who commit suicide probably think that they have accomplished nothing and no longer contribute to the society. I do not think that it is right because God gave us a life and to give up on it just like that would be a sin against the church, the family you’re leaving behind and God since it is one of God’s 10 commandments that “thou shall not kill”.

Though suicide may be wrong, there are indeed some instances where it is not considered bad or sinful. This is evident in some countries like Japan and India. In Japan, they have a tradition called hara-kiri, a form of suicide by samurais to “die in honor than under their enemies” and is also part of the samurai honor code. In India, they have a ritual called suttee where a widow would jump into her husband’s funeral pyre. Suicide may also be justified from the perspective of the person committing it. I say it that way because it is a possibility that we don’t know everything that really happened to the person. The bearing of the problem(s) could have had a much larger effect on the person than what we though would.

From my answers, I think that I am a moral rationalist when it comes to suicide. I think that suicide is indeed wrong and sinful, but there can also be some instances where it can still be justified, so it depends on the situation.

Good day, Friend.

I do not know why you are asking for my help regarding suicide, but I’ll try my best to help you. In my opinion, suicide is wrong. You are unlikely a Japanese samurai or an Indian, so in my opinion if you commit suicide, you will go to hell. I don’t have a lot of advice, but I can give you a tip. If you want to commit suicide, first go through three roads: reason, caution and suspicion.

The road of reason is the process in which you will weight out and scrutinize the options. This will require your own judgement in deciding. The second road is the road of caution. If you are unsure whether committing suicide would be right or wrong, assume it’s wrong and don’t do it. According to Pascal’s Principle, that’s going to be a win-win situation. The last road is the road of suspicion. If by committing suicide you think it involves pleasure, which is not likely, and avoids pain, which is most likely, you have to cast some doubt with your decision because you will not be accounting for whether it is right or wrong. You may also be biased because you think suicide is more convenient and avoids pain. You should act against your inclination; to pursue pleasure and to avoid pain.

Listen, Friend. I love you and I would like you stop thinking about suicide already. I think it is wrong and I wouldn’t want you to commit it. If you have reasons for it, you can tell me too and I can help you solve them. Just remember, God gave you life, and it would be wrong to intentionally die. However, if you really think that you must do it and have reasons for it, I have no objections.

Good luck, Friend. May you choose wisely.

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~ by Kenners on February 2, 2012.

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