People commit or consider suicide for numerious different reasons, the core examples that come to mind are (others may exist): mental illness, euthanaisa, and implusive actions.
The majority of suicide victims are/were mentally ill. We must remember and try to acknowlege mental illness as for what it is; a disease or illness. It is no different from diabetes or heart disease, whereas one illness may affect the pancreas or heart, depression and other conditions affect the brain and its chemistry. Individuals who suffer from mental illnesses did not choose to get sick nor do they usually wish to remain ill. Physically these people appear normal and healthy but they are far from it. Unfortunately because mental illnesses can be concealed they often times go unnoticed or are dismissed as false by family members and friends. Most people might not even reach out for help for they feel ashamed or embrassed. Society only strengthens these beliefs as mental health issues tend to be denied, kept in the closet per se. A combination of societal intolerances, the physical sickness, and failure for the victim to recieve proper treatment are to blame for suicides of this nature. If a person who is ill chooses to end his life, did he have a clear and un-influened minset at the time? I do not view these individuals as cowards, but as victims.
Out of my three branches I devised (these are not set in stone, take with a grain of salt) Euthanaisa is unique, for its participants choose to end their lives with a relatively stable and conscience mind. Granted, there are variables that should not be overlooked in the person's decision such as depression/mental illness brought on due to their terminal illness. For the sake of my discussion I will assume that an Euthanasia participant has retained a clear and unbiased mindset, allowing them to choose the option of assisted suicide opposed to riding the storm out albeit there is always a minuscule possibility of a recovery (it technically cannot be rulled out until the person actually passes away). It's basically a gamble in the participant's favor, forfeit the microscopic chance of suvival for a "peaceful and painless" death with minimal suffering opposed natural death. I respect one's choice to engage in euthanasia, as it should be an individual's right as a human being. The debate lies solely ethics and religious beliefs. Euthanaisa should be permitted to be executed by the government in my opion, regardless of what my moral stance is. The bottom line is the government (usa and others if applicable) must and always should turn a blind eye in matters of religion.
I don't know if "impulsive actions" is a very fitting term to decribe these examples but oh well. These are more abstract in rationale, and generally are not considered sucides. Some examples that come to mind: a soldier diving ontop of a grenade to save others, Tiananmen Square protesters in standing infront of tanks, and individuals inside the world trade center jumping to their deaths (could be a candidate for euthanasia, but more impulsive in my opinion). These individuals technically killed themselves. In most cases they sacrafice themselves in an act of passion. I respect these individuals' quasi-sucide (please, take no offence), they died for a purpose they believed in (hopefully). The question 64,000 question is why dying in valor is praise worthy while ending the pain scorned?
There's no easy YES or NO answer
sorry, I've probally restated stuff due to the time lapsed
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