It is a gross violation of personal autonomy to keep someone alive against his/her will. One has the right to give up their rights voluntarily, therefore one has the right to give up his right to life voluntarily. You have no idea the level of sheer torment some people endure. Since it is better never to have been born (check out David Benatar, Pete Singer, et. al's arguments in favor of antinatalism) because of the suffering that invariably awaits a potential person, it also follows that there might come a point in an individual's life where life is no longer worth continuing. That is a personal decision and nobody (not even the state) has a right to intervene. The "grief" family, friends, employers, etc. will have to endure is irrelevant. The only person we have any responsibility to look after, and ultimately live for/serve, is ourselves.
Surely if a woman has the right to make a decision on another's life, I should have the right to decide on my own life.
I am 67 y.O. And having a great retirement. I am financially secure (if there is such a thing). I am happily married for 40+ years. I have no children. I certainly don't see myself taking my own life as long as my wife is alive, but should she die before me and my health should slip to where I have no chance of returning to a healthy state and I have become a burden, I'm ready to go.
My life has been so much more than I ever expected it could be. I would rather quit while I'm ahead.
How could a merciful God or society ever blame me for that?
An individual's responsibility to his or herself is something that should never be denied, repressed, or in any form gatewayed by any person(s) or organizations, including the government. People live their own lives, and while the reasons for committing suicide may be illogical or hazy, they still have the right to end a reality that they may perceive to be dark and hopeless.
Some people say "Why would you kill yourself living is amazing" Well not for everybody, people need to think about other people for a change and not themselves. What about a guy with cancer or somebody who is 100% paralyzed? Do you think they should stay alive with lots of pain? Everybody is different and there are more homeless people and people who can't get help. Life is amazing but it's also amazing that we can end it if we chose to do so. Peace.
It should definitely be someone's own right to commit suicide if they want. It's their body and their life. So even though I don't think it's always the best option, I don't think people should torture themselves by living a life they hate either. And for all of you who are ranting about religion, come on, it's the 21st century. It's nice that you can be so single minded in something, and I suppose that brings peace to you, or whatever it's suppose to do, but other people have trouble staring logic in the face and ignoring it. So, again, your life, your choice.
They have to live with their own mind and unless someone else has lived in their mind they should have no right to judge or decide what's right or wrong for that person. If someone wants to end their days, they should do it when they choose because if they don't, nature will do it regardless but maybe at a worse time or after much unneeded mental or physical suffering that was not necessary.
THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION to kill themselves whenever their existence becomes caustic to the rest of mankind. It is the right.... no.... it is the responsibility of all people who insist on consuming scarce resources to end their lives with prompt efficiency, whenever they consume more than they produce, that the net of goods and services not be less than a surplus. troLOL OUT!
A person can legally kill another person for physically attacking him. The government can legally kill a person for committing a heinous crime. Yet it is illegal for a person to kill himself. This does not make sense to me. People are allowed control over virtually every other aspect of their lives, but are denied the legal right to end a life that has become unbearable. If a person's life belongs to anyone, it should belong to that person, and if a person chooses to end that life, they should be allowed to do so.
In many cultures, it is generally accepted that as humans we have some unalienable rights, including the right to life. If one has the right to their own life, does that not then also mean that he or she has the right to their own death? Why keep someone alive when they don't want to be here? What are you accomplishing other than majking them miserable. If a person is staying alive simply because they are forced to, then their life does not truly belong to them, it belongs to those that are keeping them alive.
Life is considered a divine gift. Well, That is true for most people, but not for everybody. There are certain situations that affect somebody so badly that life becomes a burden, a curse. An accident victim might be left paralyzed, in a vegetable state for the rest of his life. Should not he be permitted to make an end to his sufferings ?
Certain illness or accident can make life an endless torture. The victims must be given the chance to end life in such cases. IT IS OUR MORAL DUTY TO RELIVE THE PATIENT FROM THEIR INCURABLE SUFFERINGS. ONLY SADISTS CAN DENY THIS RIGHT TO DEATH. I THINK THEY ENJOY WATCHING OTHER PEOPLE SUFFER.
If you got a valid reason or not does not matter. It is your life and you can do whatever you want with it. If someone has concluded that suicide is the best way to go, just let them. This would also be a great way too reduce the cost of lifetime prisoners. Jails should have a suicide program where every prisoner who want to take their own life should be given the opportunity. I mean some lifetime inmates gotta be tempted eventually.
There are times when life truly is unbearable. Yes. We've all heard the argument that its a "permanent solution to a temporary problem". But that's not necessarily the case in every case. Some people truly have or are facing agonizing problems a of permanent nature and that there is no other way to escape from except by dying. I would also point out that temporary can still be a Reeeeally reeeeally long time.
It's not our right to force an innocent person to suffer in agony and despair. To deny someone, who is suffering in a deep and permanent (or at least long term) way, the death that they choose and that would be an end to their agony is to force them to suffer. If we do not have the right to force them to suffer, then it must follow that they have the right to NOT suffer, even if that means not living.
Each individual's life differs from one to another. Their life might be unbearable to themselves. It is not our right to invade their life and attach our resilience to the way they live and attack them for what they can't do and what we'd do in their situation. Sure we as humans have a escape mechanism that will allow us to escape and survive the situation, there's always a exit we can run to, but some people are wired differently, and they think and evaluate differently. Nobody thinks entirely the same way as we our deepest selves do in regards to how scenario unfolds and how we can handle the situation. Just as we can't control the day a shooter entering a school, nor a plane going out of it's path into a building, nor the day the world stood still, every time something tragic happened, we just can't control what happens to the world and how people want to deal with things. Suicide is a matter of choice, just like what anyone would want to do. They would want to choose, and people have all the right in the world to choose what they want to do. I fully support humanity's right to commit suicide, if that's the help we need, and that's the way we see it as our "great escape" away, then by all means, it should be in effect with nobody proclaiming it as an act of cowardice, or attacking/insulting the person even after his/her suicidal death.
In America, people eat junk food, smoke, drink, speed, don't wear seatbelts, sky dive, have unprotected sex and engage in other such activities that are dangerous or potentially dangerous to their health and lives. And yet, for the most part, no one argues about people neglecting obligations to their loved ones as a result. How many people die early every year from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, not to mention other things? How can people truly be free if they don't even have the right to decide if they want to live or not? It's crazy how someone can be arrested for attempting suicide! Of course, like anything else, people who contemplate suicide need to consider how it will likely affect others. Even if it were legal, they're still morally responsibly for how their actions affect others. This matter should especially apply to terminally ill patients. So it's humane to put down a sick, dying dog but not a human being?!
One of the most common arguments against suicide I hear is that while pain is temporary, suicide is a permanent solution.
Let's just stop and think about that for a moment. Pain is temporary; suicide is permanent. Or is it?
The truth is, while problems really are temporary, so are solutions. As world changes and our circumstances change, our problems evolve and we have to evolve our solutions with them. Truly, suicide isn't the issue here. Another way of supporting that assertion would be to argue that life is, by default, pleasurable - which is obviously false, since we all know that life has its ups and downs. Because both problems and solutions are temporary, the question is whether life is worth living.
That's a question that we all have to ask ourselves. A fundamental problem here is that none of us asked to be born. We all know that life is unfair, but truthfully, the unfairness of life is rooted in a much deeper source than we usually see it (income, health, talent, etc). The fundamental unfairness of life is that we had no choice over it.
At any point in our lives, I believe it's important to ask yourself, if you didn't exist at this very moment, would you ask to be born? I don't believe that everyone would say yes. Birth, for some people, was a gift no doubt. However, once we grow old and see the world for what it is, we discover that that's untrue. Truthfully, we have many good qualities, but to some people, our cruel, ego-centric, and predatory sides outweigh our redeeming qualities. To those people, suicide is a way of saying that they no longer wish to participate in this world. That, to me, is a perfectly valid choice.
Suicide does cause pain to the loved ones. But, do we really have a right to stop them? Honestly, I don't really have a solid answer to this. However, if your loved one was in pain, or felt that life is unnecessary, who are we to stop them? We wouldn't stop our loved ones from pursuing what they want, no matter how much we disagreed with them, because we know that the fact that their choice bothers us is our problem, not theirs.
Even though we like to view life as a gift, the truth is, life in and of itself is neither pleasure nor pain. Life is just an exposure to this world, and the world can be good to some, and cruel to some. Those who aren't fit for this world should be allowed to end their participation in this world.
We like to claim that we live in a free society. If we truly value people's freedom to choose, I believe that we should respect people's choice to end their participation in this world, because though we may not have chosen to be born, we can choose to undo our birth.
Obviously in any case suicide should not be an option. What I mean by that, is every other avenue should be explored to try to help the person into a better state of mind. But, if that person CHOOSES not to be alive anymore, then I don't think anyone has a right to judge. I personally have been very close to committing suicide, but luckily I have a support system that helped me on a better path. Yes, if I had killed myself my friends and family would have been distraught, but if you haven't lived through a pain and depression for years on end with no valid solution, then who has the right to say you have to continue to live in agony?? Suicide is a personal choice in the end. But i would never, ever recommend it. That's the point I think. By saying humans have the right to commit suicide, isn't saying they should. Its simply saying they have the RIGHT to decide for themselves.
The idea of being able to tell someone they cannot end their own life if they wish, is the purest form of enslavement, in my opinion. The one indisputable right you have in your life, is your own life itself. You may do with it what you please. Plain and simple.
An individual should have the right to end his of her life . So many do-gooders whom think that preventing a person who no longer wants to live from ending their life is the right thing is only PROLONGING THE MISERY. So many people think that suicide is a selfish act are themselves selfish for wanting that miserable existence to endure. It is not a cowardly deed but the ultimate show of courage to get out of a life that has become unbearable and unlivable.
People commit suicide for many reasons, and people are clueless when someone actually takes it. Many people take the life simply because of the fact that they have nothing to live for. People out there don't know what they went through, how they suffered that they want to end everything. Not everyone has been in their situation. For example: your family has been killed in an accident and the were the only people that you ever loved. Now you don't have anyone left to share your joys with or to who you can properly express your feelings. Would they want to live the rest of their life like this? I don't think so, they certainly would rather end their life now than live the next 20 or 30 years in depression and misery. What is the point of having a life if you don't get anything good out of it? It is better not to have a life than have miserable one.
How and when to end our own life is the ultimate, and most basic right that we have. After all, if we don't have control over our own bodies, what's left? Organized religion (which is all about power and control) recognized this thousands of years ago, and continues to use the stigma (AKA "sin") to control people. If "god" (as interpreted by his sef-proclaimed prophets, of course) has the right to prevent you from killing yourself, then god, through those same self-proclaimed prophets, then force you to do ANYTHING, without giving you any final recourse.
No one can understand your life and your pain as well as you can. That also means that you can not understand others and therefore you have no right to forcibly prevent him from doing so, condemning him to a lifetime of misery. We often feel naturally against the suicide of others; however this is just fear. This is our own selfish desire that we put in before this other person's agony.
First off, despite the fact that the universe is devoid of the objective meaning which the religious cowards attempt to pose, I would not say that you shouldn't think a good while about the action which you might be considering. The true value of a self replicating life form is its ability to be violated; this is primarily manifested in pains of mutilation, disease and such. Your parents threw you into this world and set the best trajectory they could (if they did not attempt to set a trajectory / abandoned you, then they are not your parents by experience, though they are biologically). You do not have to chase the cheese which has been presented, though it would be nice of you to help those who are experiencing the most important subjective value in our sentient experience.
I would say that all humans have the right to suicide no matter what society or governments may say; it is inalienable, always available, and always an option at any point in time, good or bad. Moreover, not all people have kids for the right reason; if you would like less people to go through the anguish before killing themselves, then do not have children indiscriminately.
Suicide is certainly an issue within our younger generation, however we as humans have the right to do whatever we want in America. While there are limits to how far someone will go, it is their life and they do have the right to do as they please. Saying this is not acceptable is like telling someone they "don't have the right to live." We have the right to live just as much as we have the right not to live.
If someone truly wants to kill themselves, they will. Why would you want to make it to where they have to suffer unnecessary pain to do it? That is just cruel. Until we can fix suicide ideation and depression, it is a more merciful outcome. Not to mention the liberty and rights issue. You're telling someone they can't kill themselves is like telling someone they can't drink and drive, even though yes they very well damn can. That's the problem with just making rules for what people can and can't do. If you truly want to change their behavior, give them a compelling reason to change it, like always having a ride through public transportation to not have to risk drinking and driving. While some still would choose to do it, an enormous amount of people would be taken off the road who drive all the time and still never enter into an accident.
I have been on meds of one sort or another for my bipolar for several years with only limited and temporary relief. I say relief kind of tongue in cheek. My life has been empty except for the suffering of not being able to control my emotions and moods. People who haven't experienced this bipolar disorder have no clue as to the depth of despair it can breed. The argument that suicide will cause suffering among the survivors holds no water. What of the suffering we have endured?
I feel that intelligent, logically thinking people have the right to commit suicide. If you are fired and/or unemployed with no foreseeable future, you have the right to end your life. In fact, it is intelligent to do so. These people are of the belief that it is better to commit suicide than to be in even a worse situation.
If you're arguing that suicide will hurt the people around the victim:
Why would a person commit suicide in the first place? Their view of the world and state of mind is affected by the actions of the people around them and in the long run affects their decision to commit suicide. So since they don't want their loved one to die they should have been more conscious of their actions and the victim's state of mind. You might argue that you didn't notice or you didn't mean it and you would have helped if you knew, but then again back to my previous point. And saying things like that won't help because the victim is already dead. Of course, I'm not saying that you should blame yourself, just that the victim's decision was affected by all factors involved, which include media, environment, etc.
As a conclusion, we can't help these people unless we fix society.
I respect the man who did what he could and killed himself over the man who lived his life afraid and died alone. And then it comes down to obligation, obligated to who? A society that scorns someone for believing a certain way, or judges someone for the color of their skin? truthfully I'd rather not be a part of it. You cant be prejudice like that and expect someone to find a reason to go on... Do I believe there is always hope? yes, but not everyone can see that... If they could, no one would live a wasted life. No one would die unhappy. When that day comes you can speak to me about obligations.
When someone is terminally ill and suffering, it is really up to them when
to end their life. A depressed or heart broken 17 year old is a different story. When suicide is just a permanent solution to temporary
problems it should be prevented. When it is a release from a painful terminal disease, it is acceptable.
My theory is that eventually we all die anyways,in fact the whole purpose of life may be to learn and do what good you can in this world, then die in order to evolve into a greater mental state,or move onto a different existence. Life and death may be a continuous loop,or it could all just end with death,the only way I think to know for sure what life is all about is to experience death. So yes if someone feels they have nothing left to contribute to this world, I honestly believe they have an obligation to see what death may or may not bring. Lots of people really have nothing left to give this world but are to scared to move to the next chapter, in fact I am one of them. The whole religious/hell side of the story has stopped me and many others from possibly doing what's best for me and others. Then again when its truly somebody's time to go they go...regardless of how or if they choose to end it themselves.I believe its within your rights,up to the individual to decide if its right for them.Honestly id much rather choose how and when I died then have it just sneak up on me.Suicide can be considered the bravest human choice or the most cowardly,just depends how you think.
People argue about individual rights but stop short at suicide. Why? This is yet another decision that every person must make for themselves. To deny someone that right is to say that you can more effectively make their decisions & so makes you responsible for them until they die naturally. I only pity that person who has decided they are done living, but listens to society who tells them they are not.
From when you were conceived in your mothers womb, you were there to be born. But did we have a conscious to decide if we wanted to? We're forced to live. Seeing my life, I've gone through so much. My aunts rape and murder at age 2, my loneliness when my sister was born at age 7 (I had only my brother and parents at the time), my grandpas death at age 10, my brothers diagnosed cancer at age 12, my grandmas death at age 13 and also my depression at age 13 too. Other things in between, I didn't know this would happen. I didn't ask for this life. I didn't ask for all this sadness. We should be able to suicide without others thinking wrongly of us and without any intervention.
Of course humans should have a right to commit suicide. I don't understand why we shouldn't. It's your life, not anyone else's. And if you want to end it, then go ahead. I don't believe, though, that people should commit suicide unless they have justified reasons. If you're old/sick and it literally hurts to live, then you'd probably be better off. Not if you have many families, friends, and ties at home that care about you. You're putting them in a horrible situation (probably over something that you'd soon get over), and hurting those around you more than yourself.
Suicide in my opinion is right because, sometimes the pain becomes unbearable. There is too much holding us down, we are in utter isolation, we have fallen in dispair there is no other path left for us....... The only one left for us, is death we no longer want to, nor need to live.
No one asked you if you wanted to be alive. You were brought into the world by forces outside your control. To say anything other than that suicide is a right would be the beginning of totalitarianism, the belief that not you but some outside authority owns you. This could be a deity, devil, government, feudal landlord, slaver, etc. That being said, it doesn't mean you ought to commit suicide; merely that you have a right to do it. The only cases where other people have a right to forcibly prevent you from committing suicide are when you have some unresolved obligation, your committing suicide at the time and place endangers others or their property, or you can be demonstrated as medically incapable of rational decisions (the desire to commit suicide in itself is not sufficient). Ultimately you must decide for yourself whether your life is worth living, and I sincerely hope you will find good reason to continue existing if you have ever considered suicide. However, if you have made the choice no one ought to stop you. To deprive someone of the right to end their life is to assert ownership over their life.
While it should be an option of last resort, obviously, I personally see no reason why people should not have the right to take their own life if they think it is the best way to handle their situation. Some people are in too much pain physically or mentally and the strain is more than anyone should have to endure. If they choose to stop the endless torment then I see no reason not to allow them the peace it will bring.
In my opinion, every human being has the right to end his or her life.
It is your own choice and your own choice only because your life only belongs to you.
Thus, no law can say that you mustn't kill yourself.
If life isn't worth living, why suffer and why not end it?
I myself am going though depression and have attempted suicide 3 times, which obviously didn't work, but knowing what its like too be so down in life that it causes you more pain at the thought of waking up to the world that saying goodbye to it is heart breaking, all of you are saying that it selfish what would your parents and loved ones think? Well wouldn't they be happier that you felt like you were finally safe than them having to constantly see you miserable every day of your life? I don't believe in god but I respect them because aren't you doing the same as what they're doing? Holding on to false hope, hoping that it will get better only to find that you have to take things onto your own hands, taking responsibility!
No one else owns your life. Whatever choices you have you should be free to make in your own as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. You do not have the choice of whether or not to be born, but I believe wholeheartedly you should have the choice on how and when you die of you so wish.
How dare you take your life when there are others fighting for theres! Suicidal people are cowards! I say let them die, if thery're going to be so stupid.
If suicide is a right, then someone who interferes with suicide is a rights transgressor. It sounds absurd to me to say that someone has a duty to not interfere with a suicide. Rights entail duties from others. I need to make the word count and I don't have anything else to say.
God is the only one who gives life and he is the only one who has the right to take it away. Life belongs to God. It is never our place to take our own life or someone else's life. If you don't believe this, read it in THE HOLY BIBLE for yourself.
You came into this world because God sent you down here. He loves you no matter what. Don't get too caught up in trying to be perfect. The only person on this planet that's perfect is the Lord himself. Don't commit suicide, prevent it. Going through things is how life is. It's not going to get any easier; it'll be okay. Trust me, I go through bullying at school, and at home. So yea, don't commit, prevent.
Taking a life is wrong even if it is your own. You cause much hardship for those left behind when you commit suicide.
I would say for the reason of their people. Often times people cry when someone dies. Not from the bible but just that you would wish to make memories with that person. Why should that person commit suicide when we could help them! At least make them smile~. Isn't that good enough?
Human beings have an obligation to more than just themselves. They have an obligation to their family, friends, and society. Nobody wants to have to clean up after you just because you decided you were bored with your life. There's a saying that "death is the survivor's affair". A person's death will cause much more trauma ultimately to those that were close to said person, as they will be the ones that have to experience the grief and loss of their loved one.
Humans have one life. Humans are dominate of the world. Humans can fight through anything and anyone, with the right help. I am honestly extremely upset by the reviews of yes. Humans are humans, and we all make mistakes, even the best of us do, trust me(; if you are reading this, and thinking of committing suicide, I love you. Please, do not take your life. By taking your life, you are taking others as well even if you may not believe me! What I mean by that is even if you think everybody hates the living guts out of you and even if you started a huge rumor and everyone hates you or maybe you sent that sext, people will forget. Trust me, been their done that. Or maybe this is something a lot more serious, like committing a heinous crime, or you stole from the bank or something of the sort. Don't do anything even more stupid, please. By taking your life, it may solve the problem but if you believe, whoever you believe in and what you believe in (religious) do you want to go to hell or heaven? I know that if you are second thinking this, you probably don't believe in hell or heaven. Believe. Don't take your life. God gave it to you because you belong on this earth, he set you up with these tough obstacles because he knows you can do it. Don't give up so easily. Now stop reading this and get out and life and amazing life. Remember, there are so many people you can lean on like; counselors, life coaches, mental health specialists, family, friends, and I could go on and on, but I wont because I want you to think about what I have said. Life is what you make it.
When you consider fundamental rights, rights that protect fundamental interests and derivative rights, rights that are derived from something else, this argument becomes pretty simple if you can see that you do not have the fundamental right to suicide. The reason being you have no fundamental interest in committing suicide. A fundamental interest would be something like freedom of speech. With this in mind it becomes a bit more clearer that suicide is a derivative right of self-determination. In self-determination people are afforded the right to commit suicide if and ONLY IF they have the proper mental faculty. But 99% of the time people who are suicidal are depressed, or suffering from some mental disease. Because of this their judgment is clouded. Also on this topic you should consider physician assisted suicide. It is wrong because the people who ask a physician to kill themselves have in fact proved to me that they do not believe themselves capable of killing themselves. This shows me that they are having some form of remorse about the decision and that is why they would have another entity do it; which would in this case then be called murder. And murder is never permissible unless you're acting in self defense.
Having been there, and studying abnormal psychology now, I see that suicide is usually thought of or even committed under a highly emotional state of mind. It's said that 90% of suicides are associated with treatable mental illnesses or high stress rates. Therefore, people in their "right" (couldn't find a better word) state of mind won't get through with it.