Our Natural Right: Suicide Why Some People Condone/oppose it.
Natural Right: Suicide
The Right to Suicide
Within the U.S and many parts of the world, suicide is prohibited. Many people are arrested or put into psychiatric hospitals which only worsen their condition and often improves it.
Why are we so against suicide? To those of us with perfect lives - living life with minimal fears, suicide seems totally pointless. To us, suicide is to be feared. To those whose every seconds is filled with pain - suicide is heaven. Why must they continue to live in paranoia, pain, or fear?
Shouldn't they have the right to their own body?
Why do People have the right to suicide?
Implied Right: It's their own body
It is a fact. Suicide is not matter of choice by other people. It is the decision of the invidual who owns his own body. If the individual so feels that they no longer want to suffer conscioulsly, why can't they kill themselves? Afterall, we choose to live, why can they choose to die? Is it such a hard concept to grasp? A person who dies can not have regrets of what may be if they've lived. That takes imagination - something which does not exist in death.
But, people who are against suicide usually don't do so because of logical reasoning but more of societal conditioning and emotion related reasons
Why are Many People Against Suicide?
Religions like Christianity teaches that suicide would result in a direct entry to hell and thus, religions develop an apriori disapproval of suicide. To them, suicide is evil.
That however changes nothing. An individual owns his own and has the natural right to do whatever he/she wants to it.
Societal conditioning has portrayed a negative image of suicide. TV reporters always depict suicide victims as insane often seen handcuffed while dragged into a police truck. Again, people develop an apriori disapproval of suicide based on an emotional fear rather than reasoning.
Again, That does not change the fact that a person owns his own body. Restricting a person's choice of suicide is equivalent to restricting a person's choice to live. To someone about to suicide, death is life. To an ordinary person, death is hell.
Possibility of Recovery
Another argument made by many is that a person may get help and quit contemplating suicide, but this is merely a possibility that is yet to occur. If a person kills himself, he/she will not live to regret it. They essentially die happy.
I can tell you that during my Middle School years, I contemplated suicide all the time and if I had done it, I won't exist to have regrets. It would have made no difference. Now, I really enjoy life, so I choose to live but if I want to die, I should have the choice to die.
Sorrow Inflicted on Relatives
Many religions love this argument. They say it is selfish to kill yourself and made your relatives suffer. Well, it is just as selfish for them to let the individual suffer. But so what? Is being "selfish" bad? No. It is no worse than being generous; however, we have been conditioned through the church, through friends and family that selfishness is bad when really its a neutral quality that is neither good nor bad. Meaning is a human quality which is nonexistent outside of our minds and interpretation. Like I said, a person has the right to do whatever he/she wants to his own body.
Suicide ought to be legalized as much as gay marriages. People have the right to be happy as well as the right to be depressed; the right to love as well as to hate; the right to live and to die. Understand that by forcing an individual to live - you are not doing them any favors.
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