Suicide - can you sympathise or is this the epitome of selfishness?

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  1. SarahJG profile image61
    SarahJGposted 7 years ago

    Suicide - can you sympathise or is this the epitome of selfishness?

    Do you find yourself with the ability to understand why some choose to go down this road or do you believe they are merely only interested in their own needs and discourage those feelings of their close family/friends, who have to live with the consequences?

  2. rachelsholiday profile image60
    rachelsholidayposted 7 years ago

    I find that I can sympathize with people.  I definitely cannot empathize (as in, I know how they feel.)  I believe that individuals who commit suicide are at the end of their rope and there's not a whole lot you can do at that point (in some situations.)

  3. ubanichijioke profile image72
    ubanichijiokeposted 7 years ago

    Sure i'do sympathise cos i know that something[bad] must ve pushed the person so hard as to commit suicide. It is always hard to understand the reasons behind the act. But, i would resort to discussing my problems with a trusted friend than committing suicide. It compounds the problem rather than resolving it. . .

  4. Freegoldman profile image38
    Freegoldmanposted 7 years ago

    According 2 me its the epitome of selfishness to some extent.I know the circumstances leads a person to commit suicide but staying alive and seeking a plausible soltn to it is more effective in my book.

  5. SarahJG profile image61
    SarahJGposted 7 years ago

    What if you had to live with the fact a loved one took there own life, surely there would be resentment? You would carry this burden with you your whole life but then again if they felt this was their only option, they suffer no longer.

  6. junkseller profile image82
    junksellerposted 7 years ago

    All of us are only so strong - both physically and emotionally. Some people can hold 500 pounds on their back, while others would be crushed by that weight.

    We all also have an emotional limit as well. We feel suicidal when that limit is surpassed, it doesn't necessarily mean that person is weak or strong, it simply means that they personally have too much to carry.

    Accusing people of selfishness is unhelpful to anyone who is at or near that point. Our duty to each other is to try and help someone when we see them with a burden too great, not to pass them by and call them weak.

    Some people are exceptionally strong, I'm not sure anyone is infinitely strong, which means that most of us, given enough of a burden, can break. One thing I am absolutely certain of is that we all do much better when we carry our loads together.

    My resentment from a loved one killing themselves would be that I hadn't been able to see that they were struggling or done enough to help with their load.

  7. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    i never have sympathy for people who commit suicide. to me they are nothing more then cowards and the only good thing that comes out of it is that the world doesn't have to think about their poor problems anymore.

  8. lambservant profile image91
    lambservantposted 7 years ago

    In no way should we support suicide. And perhaps it is a bit selfish, but as one who has had to deal with suicidal ideation I can tell you your desire to be rid of the pain eventually dims thoughts of your loved ones, or your mind lies to you and you think they would be better off without you or that they would understand and be happy you are finally at peace. It's not about selfishness really, it's about desperation to be free of emotional pain.


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