Thank God for it. When you've come to the 'end of your ropes' who cares if it's illegal, or deemed against God, or just isn't the right thing to do, your suicide answer is a salvation, a light at the end of the tunnel, some fresh air, a much needed releaf. For some, their last medicine. And it's only illegal if you get caught.
“The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” ―Friedrich Nietzsche
Unlike other animals, you have the God given right to end it all. Whether or not you had the choice of life, I don't remember, but you certainly have the choice of death. When, where, how and with whom, (as long as it's their free will) is entirely up to you. Just think, of all the liberties and freedoms lost to the government and religious police, dropping like flies, there's one they can't touch, tax, or regulate, and that is your free will to decide if you want to 'change channels during the program.' Call it your, suicide answer, when their are no other answers.
“Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me - I quit!”
Don't underestimate the power of suicide! Suicide has changed many lives for the better. Either the doer failed his attempt, saw their ways, and became a better person because of it, or the doer's family gets involved in suicide prevention activity's. And don't forget what a relief it must have been to the doer when they were finally set free from whatever was bothering them. They answered their prayers. They are at peace now. It may have been selfish of them, and selfish of you to want them back and want them to live on longer with their pain, but it is what they wanted and needed to do.
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
Not to say that suicide isn't a very drastic measure, a cop-out, a murder to the one person you should love, and hellish on the family members, but it does have it's needs, merits, and was/is thought to be noble to some people, and to some cultures. And if you are protesting something, there is no other way of grabbing attention, bar none, than dousing yourself with gas and prepare for the next step, or ask somebody for a light. Flick-a-your-bick. Nope, suicide, as long as you are harming no others, is a commendable answer. But please don't make a mess of it. Your loved-ones are going to hate you, be terribly shocked and broken-hearted as it is, don't make it a horror show for them. Use your head before you lose your head....K
But we are all insane, anyway...The suicides seem to be the only sane people.
- Mark Twain's Notebook, #40, (Jan. 1897-July 1900)
Thinking of the pain these people have, to have to resort to this blunt answer, is more reason to let them 'say when, where, and however they want to go. (I like the way in Soilent Green) Though I have not reached that threshold, I'm not imune to having 'those thoughts' as the doctor asked, and I did have a couple of friends that chose the suicide answer. One was messy and the other one didn't work as planned. Both people, both male, however, acted the same way before they actually decided to do it. Both were happy. Both knew they were soon going to be cured.
Of the demonstrably wise there are but two: those who commit suicide, & those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied with drink.
- Mark Twain Notebook, 1898
The wife of the, messy one in the hotel room, told me later, "that it was strange, Ed acted so different, he was whistling when he left that day. He hasn't done that since we were first married." She told us later that she was happy for him.
The other, Jim, in a wheelchair, said, "the reason I didn't succeed and landed in this chair is because I was rushing to do it. I was happy and just couldn't wait to get to the edge of the roof and end it. I forgot my shoes and that it had rained the night before. I slipped and went feet first instead of the way I wanted to go." Later on Jim told us that, "it was the best thing that ever happened to him."
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
I do see that there is an argument against suicide: the grief of the worshipers left behind, the awful famine in their hearts, these are too costly terms for the release.
- Mark Twain Letter to William Dean Howells, 13 July 1889
Wall Street suicide 1929
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Suicide hotline, 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers
A most beautiful suicide - 23 year old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from an observation deck (83rd floor) of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947. She l
Based on Jean Teulé’s novel, Leconte's latest borrows a page from Tim Burton's sketchbook for this bleakly comic animated film.
There’s a whiff of a Tim Burton shroud here, but the humorous creepiness of Edward Gorey and the Addams family are better references to the black comedy feature animation The Suicide Shop, a tongue-in-cheek Parisian-set romp in which the warm humanism of eclectic director Patrice Leconte shines through.
41 Suicide Attempts a Year in National Parks
A significant number of people try to kill themselves in America’s 84 national parks every year, and 68% succeed, sometimes by jumping off cliffs or bridges, a study shows.
Firearms were involved in 33% of the suicide attempts, followed by falls at 19% (many by jumping off cliffs or bridges), suffocations at 9%, poisoning at 7% (included drug overdoses), and cuts and piercings at 6%. Also, in 6% of suicide attempts, people used motor vehicles, which typically involved driving over a cliff. In contrast, nationally, less than 1% of suicide attempts annually are transportation related.
- 83% of 194 suicides in the parks involved males.
- Nationally in 2007, 79% of total suicides were by males.
- The mean age of people who committed suicide or tried to in the parks was 43, ranging from 16 to 84.
- The highest number of suicides occurred in June (22) followed by August (21) and January (21).
- The highest number of attempted suicides occurred in July (17) followed by 11 in May.
1. The word “suicide” comes from two Latin roots, sui (“of oneself”) and cidium (“killing” or “slaying”).
2. People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing their necks in vices, and hurling themselves into vats of beer.
3. In China, someone takes his or her own life on average every two minutes. China accounts for nearly a quarter of the global total of suicides with between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year.
4. Among famous figures who committed suicide: Sigmund Freud, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Hannibal, Nero, Virginia Wolf, Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemmingway, Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh, Jack London, Dylan Thomas, Judy Garland, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Socrates, and possibly Tchaikovsky, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.
5. It is more likely someone will die from suicide than from homicide. For every two people killed by homicide, three people die of suicide.
6. In America, someone attempts suicide once every minute, and someone completes a suicide once every 17 minutes. Throughout the world, approximately 2,000 people kill themselves each day.
7. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.
8. The most common types of suicide include copycat, euthanasia, familicide, forced, honor, Internet, martyrdom, ritual, attack, and cop suicides.
9. The acne medication isotretinoin (Acutane) has been linked to a possible increase risk of suicide. The FDA requires Acutane to include a label warning that the product may be linked to suicide, depression, and psychosis.
10. The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas.
11. When her husband Caecina Paetus hesitated to kill himself honorably, his wife Arria (d. A.D. 42) snatched the dagger from her husband, stabbed herself, and handed the weapon back with the words “Paete, non dolet“ (“Paeuts, it does not hurt”).
12. French philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) perhaps best explains the divergent views philosophers and theologians hold concerning suicide when he said, “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.”
13. David Carradine, famous for his roles in the 1970s series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movie trilogy, was found hanging in a hotel closet with a yellow nylon rope around his neck and a black rope around his genitals. Family members deny it was a suicide.
14. Autoerotic asphyxiation, also know as sexual hanging, is a type of abnormal sexual behavior in which a person (usually a young male) tries to restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain (usually with a rope around the neck) while masturbating to enhance the sexual experience. The practice arose out of the observation that men executed by hanging often got an erection and sometimes ejaculated. The practice is mentioned in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
15. A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live Web cam while some users egged him on. There are also several pro-Internet sites that give detailed information on the most effective ways to commit suicide.
The Suicide Forest in Japan
The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.
8-years ago, CHP Officer Kevin Briggs talked this young man out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
That young man's name is Kevin Berthia. Today he is 30 years old and married with 2 children.
This week he presented Officer Briggs with an award on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The story of how Officer Briggs talked Kevin down is remarkable.
As you can see in the picture, Kevin is literally one step away from jumping to his death. But for more than hour, the officer listened to Kevin pour his heart out about his troubles and told him, “I know you think things are bad, but they can get better.”
Kevin says, “Officer Briggs never made me feel guilty for the situation I was in. He made feel like, I understand why you are here, but there are alternatives”
Kevin is just one of countless lives Briggs has saved over his 23 year career.
Briggs, who was promoted to Sergeant five years ago, is humble about what he does. He says, ”they make the decision, when they step back over that rail it takes a tremendous amount of courage”
I salute Sergeant Briggs!
Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle, John Storey