“Suicide is selfish” says the person who wants someone to continue living when they do not want, so the suicide is not on your watch. You don’t want to live with the weight of their absence and decision so you selflessly ask them to live. How nice of you. Please pat yourself on the back for a job well done. There’s no one as selfless as you since man left the trees and decided to breed for big brains.
When you ask someone who has looked around the ruins of what is left of his or her life and said, I don’t want to live like this anymore, to ‘stay alive’, what do you ask them to live for? What’s there for them? Hope? Your blind optimism things will get better? That’s why they should live? Who is selfish, really?
Why are we so opposed to the idea of adults (who legally can make every decision concerning their lives) deciding they no longer want to live? Are we really opposed to it or do we make an act of it by being selectively offended when people do so not for supposedly heroic reasons. We admire people who jump in front of bullets to save others. Isn’t that hero essentially committing suicide? Why can’t I say I do not want to live again? Someone who has consistently, consciously made all decisions should be allowed to decide when its time to not make decisions again. They are in the best position to know when the fight's gone from them. Why don't we support them and celebrate their lives?
At some point we are going to have to consider letting people make that decision. Making it painless where possible. One should be able to walk into a health facility and be offered assisted suicide. If it is now considered a human right to be able to kill fetuses we don’t want by what backward logic should an adult not be allowed to end their own life? No one who doesn't want to, should be forced to live. Its their life, one they don't like, and it is not kindness to compel them to continue to suffer.