I'm about to take up a position which is going to be deamed
by some, if not all, as a terrible stand to take. As a
matter of fact, if anyone were to agree with me on ths
subject, I'd be surprsed. For you see, rather than arguing
from the postion of suicide being an unjustified and inane
way to die, I shall argue the other point. That being
suicide does have its merits.
Before you people start screaming, hear my case out. Most
people argue that nothing justifies the taking of someone's
life. Yet what makes life so valuable? Why do people cling
to it so? All we consist of is a bunch of carbon atoms,
bound together to form an exoskeleton, organs, and tissue.
In this light, there really is not much to life. Out of the
5 billion who inhabit the planet, very few of them shall
emerge to be true world leaders. The rest will just lead a
mediocre life of work and little play.
The taking of ones life can be argued from a populistic
view as well. It makes little sense to preserve life in an
over populated world. True, one less person here on there
will not make a large dent. Yet if everyone who attempts or
had attempted suicide were not stopped, the impact would be
Another popular argument for stoppers, people who want to
prevent suicide, is that nothing can be bad enough. Yet how
do they know this? They do not have to put up with the same
stuff the suicide victim does everyday. How could they
possibly know what the potential suicide victim feels. Just
as a severely burned victim may wish to be allowed to die
in peace, the suicide victim wishes the same. To die in
peace with no argument from others.
The argument of "look at the people you will hurt" also
does not hold. Imidiate family members will be the only
ones to suffer any great pain. Friends will go on with
thier lives and in time forget about the death. Imidiate
family too will forget the loss in time. Although it will
take most considerably longer for them than it will for
Finaly, the argument of suicide being selfish is hard to
grasp. Selfish in whose eyes? Certainly not the eyes of the
victim. To them, they consider it selfish of others to try
and preserve their life. Again, the argument of the
stoppers don't know what the victim has to go through. They
are not the ones enduring the pain.
Religious people also crop up into the debate. Catholics
claim that for someone to committ suicide sneds their soul
straight to Hell. In many religions, suicide is considered
taboo. However why is this so? Why should it be looked upon
as disgracefull, when some religions claim death the be the
reward for people after their time on earth is done.
Suicide is an issue which should be examined at by all
angles. Not just from the angle that it is "wrong". End of
debate. Rather it should be looked at from the point of
view that "yes" for some people, they should be allowed to
die in peace.