loading words...

May 16, 2019 14:42:41

The right to die

by @chika46 | 363 words | 🐣 | 104💌

Chika

Current day streak: 0🐣
Total posts: 104💌
Total words: 30534 (122 pages 📄)

“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.

Replies

Comments

  • 1

    @chika46 - Very very important topic. I am a fan of Dr Jack Kevorkian. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian)
    This is a personal decision and I am in total agreement with this piece.

    This is how my grandfather passed away as well.
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/on-courage-dying-40645c3bceb0f3e30

    Keni avatar Keni | May 17, 2019 19:52:38
  • 1

    Difficult topic... one of these when everybody has an opinion, not many have an experience...
    I think it all depends on circumstances. I imagine that people who are very sick, in pain, need such a, legal, option - is this what you are writing about @chika46 ?
    But others, in psychological pain, they often really need just some help, understanding, medication, way out of loneliness, another perspective, another take...

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 16, 2019 20:26:06
  • 1

    @chika46

    I think there's a lot of resemblance to the Catch-22 paradox here.

    "There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to, but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. "

    I think a lot of people who don't suffer from depression consider the feelings and desires of someone who is suicidal as not really theirs.

    Abe avatar Abe | May 16, 2019 18:37:57
    • 1

      @abrahamKim Catch 22... yeah!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 16, 2019 20:18:49
contact: email - twitter / Terms / Privacy