Most people who feel that a person does not have the right to kill him/herself think so because of the pain and suffering their death might cause to the people who care about them. In my opinion it is they who are the selfish ones, for two reasons: 1. They might have been able to give more support during the persons crisis, and 2. The one who committed the suicide did so because he or she felt their life was not worth living any longer and had extreme unhappiness. Anyone who can't deal with losing someone because of the pain they might feel and not look at the pain the person who killed him/herself felt doesn't understand what they're saying.
There is one setting in which I find it is selfish and that is when they have kids who won't have anyone to take care of them.
There are many reasons why people might chose to end their own life, and if we truly believe as a society that we are free people with free reign over ourselves and our actions, and that we should be free to do as we please as long as we harm none but ourselves, then we have no moral right to force another human to keep from taking his life.
There are legitimate reasons why a person might wish to do so, primary of which is self-euthanasia in cases of terminal illness, especially with extreme and debilitating pain. These people may wish to die with dignity, having been the master of their own fate, instead of having to suffer the indignity of being hooked up to tubes and wires, confined to a bed, in a haze of morphine. Life is precious, but is not the quality of life just as important, if not more so, than the quantity of life? In the end, if a person is of sound mind, and mentally competent to make such a choice, then we have no moral or ethical ground to stand upon to force them to continue living if they so wish not to.
My life, your life, and their lives are all different. Life itself is an experience that can be wonderful, mundane, or hellish, depending on circumstances and one's own perceptions of it. However, trying to determine if someone else's life is worth living is futile, and a bit grandiose. When contemplating suicide, one should consider family, friends, and its overall effect on the environment. But when things like pain and disabilities become overwhelming, it should be a personal choice, and not up to the state and the law.
Suicide is a totally personal and private matter. It is universally accepted that a person is sole owner of their own life. They belong to no other human. If they decide they no longer wish to live on Earth as they do, it is within their prerogative to terminate it. The only attachment to add to this is that when they decide to no longer live, the method they choose should cause no physical harm to another human.
Every person in the world has a combination of problems, ranging from family to financial downturns. Now, every person has their own individual way of handling certain events that may occur in their life, and because of this, they are allowed to do whatever they please. Committing suicide is not against the law as it is up to the individual to decide whether their life is worth living or not. Some people cannot handle the way their problems are in a time of their life, and so decide the only way to end their misery to kill themselves, and they have the power to do so.
The government gives us the right to have an abortion, which is terminating a fetus, and this right is given because of our right to own our bodies. Suicide is also ending the life of a body we own, so it should be no different as long as we don't kill anyone else.
Having lived in foster homes all my childhood and adult poverty due to major medical problems/lack of family support issues (emotional or financial - my father lived a pretty good life after getting out of prison - paid off his house, car, etc., while I struggled through two life-threatening lung surgeries, bankruptcy, etc.), I can say that some lives should never have been. To hold someone to an earthbound existence where they are constantly reminded that they matter to no one is merely an exercise. A counselor once told me that suicide is not necessarily insanity. It is like people who think women should have babies at any cost (which society did to my mother with me - and she was not here to raise me). Does life amount to only the intake of oxygen? There is nothing worse than life itself that any religious nut can hold over me. I pray every day for a fatal disease to take the decision out of my hands.
I believe that if someone does not want to live that much then I think they have the right to end their life. I think people should of course try to discourage them and help them but in the end, it is their choice. You cant stop someone from killing themselves, they will always find a way. I mean I guess you could sedate them or lock them away so they can't harm themselves but is that really living? Do you have the right to stop them from killing themselves?
No one willfully understand the reason for someone to commit suicide. It's the act of free will and people shouldn't be judged based on that. Everyone's life is different, and people experience things differently. If a person is at the last resort and want to kill themselves because they are in that much pain or that sad, they should have the right to end their suffering. Even if a person thinks its "Selfish" to commit suicide because the person is only thinking about themselves, if their at that moment when they want to end everything, you know what, take some time for yourself
I'm seeing a common argument on the other side that committing suicide hurts the people around you and therefore no one should have that right since no one has the right to hurt someone else. I pose this question to that argument; does a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend have the right to leave their partner? What if this action would hurt the person being left? Does the son of a preacher/atheist have the right to choose a different spiritual path than their parents? What if this decision hurts their parents emotionally.
The fact of the matter in my opinion is that everyone has the right to be in charge of their own life. Some times someone is terminally ill and wants to control their own death. Sometimes an elderly couple want to die together before they become ill. Sometimes a person is so depressed and hurting so bad that they can't stand to continue. In all of these cases I feel that this is their right.
There are 2 borderline-ish issues (in my mind). These are for a child under 18, and for a parent, who has a child under 18.
I'd like to end by stating that I have a very close relationship to this topic because both my uncle and my best friend committed suicide. Thank you for reading my opinions.
We fight so hard for the right to life in America, why should the right to death be excluded from that? That's just as much of a human right as anything else. Trying to take away that right from someone else, is a human rights violation in my opinion. Biblical/ theological standpoints are just irrelevant, sorry. Not everyone observes YOUR religion, does that make them wrong?
The problem is Americans refuse to recognize social problems and work to reduce them. Pharma has us convinced suicidal people suffer from "depression." Fact is, they suffer from real & serious problems in their lives. If we Americans started helping each other again, forming communities & supporting our neighbors, fewer people would feel isolated & suicidal.We need to improve quality of life for people so they're less likely to commit suicide.
Forcing someone to stay alive purely for the happiness of others is denying the rights of the individual to self-determination. Life is brutal and cruel. To pretend otherwise is to deny reality. If love is the automatic victor, then rational discourse is denied, and progress will never be made.
There are so many laws regarding a person's personal choices, but the one thing that I refuse to let anyone take away from me is the decision to live or die. It's a choice, a right, and it has nothing to do with those who don't understand why I would choose that. A person needs to want to stay alive, otherwise what good is living?
That it may have devastating consequences on other people is a lesser negative than imposing on someones right to exist or not. That's just too bad. It does not negate the notion of determinism. That statement is not sensical. Also, that a person deviates from the norm mentally does not necessarily mean that person is wrong, or unfit to make decisions about their own life. There are no consequences for them in deciding to die, they will be dead. And the other consequences for the people around them, again, that is too bad. The right to exist or not is more important.
By the mere act of engaging in debate, I am exercising my right of self-ownership via my physical body as well as my cognitive functioning. Through debating, my opponent and I both implicitly recognize our individual right to exclusively control our individual bodies. Consequently, we understand that the anti-coercion principle is surmised as well. Therefore, communication with individuals necessarily presumes self ownership and anti-coercion. Deviating from argumentation and self ownership to the extent of bringing the violent monopoly of the government to prohibit an expression of self ownership violates both of the principles previously established; it is therefore, immoral and illogical. Robert LeFevre writes, "Each person owns himself and all of his functions, including those of sex, digestion, cognition, and so on. Among the greatest satisfactions available to human beings are those which recognize other persons as equals in the property ownership of self. Although a man may wish an exclusive association with a particular friend, and while it may be possible to contract for such an exclusive relationship, the fact remains that each party to any association always remains the owner of himself." Since we have self-ownership, we have the exclusive right to do whatever we want with out bodies, including suicide. Bang, bang.
While it does have ramifications, it is a personal choice, whereby the person in question is alone affected by the decision. Therefore, that person should be allowed to make that decision, terrible as it is.
There is no reason for people who have lost all desire to live to be forced to continue living. There are many reasons someone may wish that this life was over, and the decision as to whether they should continue on with the hope that things will get better or simply end things should be an entirely personal one.
its permissible to do everything as longs as it doesn't hart anyone else. So government has given us the option to live the way we like , and manage every field of our life as our will . According to this , we are allowed to do anything with our life , body ... it's up to us to determine whether we want to be deceased or to stay alive... its our choice, that must be honored . the government shouldn't interfere in it.
Almost every day, people commit suicide to relieve themselves of the pain and struggles of life. After they are gone, you can't arrest them or punish them, because what's done is done. The soon-to-be-deceased have rights, just as any other person does, and everyone in the world should honor that.
If a person desires to end their life, they should have a right to do it. Outsiders do not know the pain and suffering that they may be experiencing, and are not responsible for that person's well-being. It is the same as if someone decided to waste their life doing drugs. It is their prerogative.
If we are talking random acts of suicide, then I would hope they wouldn't do it anyway. But, in all honesty, they do have that right. I think assisted suicide for extreme cases of physical suffering, with no hopes of recovery, should be allowed also. Medically speaking, if someone is going to die a long painful death from disease, then why shouldn't we allow them to choose to die peacefully? America euthanizes pets everyday for less justifiable reasons. Suicide is not something we can control. We can provide help but, ultimately, people have free will, and are going to do what they want.
The reasons against suicide are either religious, selfish, or economical. Religion: not everyone believes in or likes god. Scared to lose someone? Well, try being nicer to people instead of pushing them away when they need you. "Mental illness"? Nah. Vulnerable market that can be forced into repeatedly paying for therapy and anti-depressants? Yuppers. Think about it: other illnesses rely on quantifiable measurements to indicate their presence or absence.
If people had their right to opt out of the failing system that is our society today, maybe people would be forced to open their eyes and stop taking others for granted.
I think that life should be a wonderful journey and not a nightmarish dream. One should live a happy and fulfilled life with no regrets. There are ups and downs but one needs the resources to deal with them. But what happens when a person does not have the resources to deal with the problems? They cannot prolong their suffering. Its like being forced to live a life of needless suffering which nobody deserves. Everybody wants a happy life and its the society's collective responsibility to ensure everyone is happy. But when a society cannot do that, then it does not have the right to question a person's decision. Suicide never happens because somebody just wants to do it. It is the culmination of unresolved problems. Stopping a suicidal person is hypocritical if you cannot solve his problems. If a person does not wish to live then he has every right to end it because it is his life
If we can't stop others in their decision on other matters then we can't stop these people because it is their right to for it is not hurting anyone their emotional hurting dosn't matter because women being allowed to abort with out any say of they father even thou it is hurting them emotionally
There are some people, like me, who have endured too much. I've been abused for 52 years from childhood right up to 52 years of age. I've faced death three times. I've simply had enough. I feel that for me, and for other people, life is just too much to bear. Why prolong the agony?
It is outrageous that (in the UK at least) so called health professionals can think you are inherently unstable because you have weighed up the pros and cons of life and feel that, overall, life is hassle and you get less out of it than all the drudgery it imposes. You absolutely own your own body and have the absolute right to do with it as you want. All the "sanctity of life" religious dogma is total rubbish and should not be used by authorities to justify committing / "Sectioning" people who are making a rational decision to commit suicide.
We live in a society that if you don't have more then you don't matter. I know this from experience and my entire life I have struggled and don't have the money to go to school so I cant get a good job, I will have to live in fear for the rest of my life if I will be able to eat or have a place to sleep. I should have the right to die instead of living in pain
I believe so because never once do I remember choosing to be born. Some say, "oh, you're doing wrong to God, he gave you life...You should appreciate that..." There is just too much suffering in this world and too much pain. If there is a loving God, wouldn't he be so kind to not send us to hell because we couldn't endure the troubles, which he allowed us to suffer, any longer? Yes, better days may come...And my hope and long suffering is the only reason I'm alive today. But I just can't see how it's wrong to do this.
It is your own life... Nobody else can live it for you. And sometimes this is the way out for many that have the courage to do It. I get so tired of God has a plan, hang in there blah blah blah...Reigion is a crutch and an excuse for everything. It takes guts to end ones life and those left behind will survive the loss and life will go on and eventually one will be forgotten.
People do not ask to be born into this world and the way it is right now everything is going down hill wars, Global warming and all whilst trying to keep up with life, a job maybe even kids but we didn't choose this life so why do we have to live it. Some people who want to commit suicide have really hard lives and suffer from more than one thing, gods will made us and its gods will when we do die does this mean it is gods will to make us suffer, in some places euthanasia is illegal by it is ending the life of someone who had agreed to ending his life but cannot do it him or herself because they are in so much pain they can't even move, can't talk, have to be fed through a tube and then go toilet in another people should have to be sheep in this world where most people constantly have to worried about what others may think. A lot of teenagers are bullied and made to feel worthless some of these majority are having to go through child abuse so they should have the right to end their life. The people that answer No to this debate, have you never felt so down and depressed that you just have to hide everything sharp in the house or so that you can't physically move. That could have been a week for some people maybe even days but think what it feels like to have to go through that every day and night. So yes I think that suicide is okay along with euthanasia and both should be legal (suicide should be legal but under certain conditions and those people who want to should get some help to see if they still want to go through with their choice and it is their choice so if they wanted to perms toy put themselves to sleep because of their life then they should be able to do that.
It's okay because if someone doesn't want to live in this world anymore because s/he is having a bad life and doesn't think it will get better, shouldn't have to live it or put up with it and may want others to suffer like they did. Furthermore I think it is okay because if thy have a religion they may think they can get a better afterlife of next life, in my opinion suicide should be legal under the right conditions for example if you are living in poverty and do not want to carry on living like that and had other problems in they life such as depression red mental help but do not have enough money or means to it then suicide can be an option but only on a worst case scenario
I don't understand why anyone would think they have the right to interfere with someone that wishes to end their own life. This shouldn't be debatable at all. Of course every adult on the planet has the right to end their own life at any time for any reason. It's ridiculous for anyone to think otherwise.
If I have so-called human rights then as a human I have the right to die if I so choose. If it were legal for someone to help me commit suicide then I would exit this life tomorrow.
As a human I feel ashamed of my species and their endless acts of cruelty towards other animals on this planet.
We have no choice when we check into this world and no choice who our family is. And we are being told to continue to live in pain and torment with no end to it just for others enjoyment! How arrogant of you to tell me that and deny my right to end it (try to stop me).Dont judge me until you know my situation. Its not an easy decision but is my decision and my decision only.
Consider this. The person did not choose to be born, goes thru hell on earth, then is told by religion
that he's going to live forever. Where, presumably he will experience more misfortune. I say let him put an end to his physical or mental suffering.
I'm not ready to die yet, but if I wanted to, try and stop me. You can't. Because its a right that can't be taken away.
The people that are against this remind me of the people who were against anaesthesia. They thought it was God's will that the people suffer.
I think we should go back to the times where governments gave their "citizens" pamphlets on how to do it right.
And if God loves you and nobody else does then why can't we join him. The world is too broken and too terrifying and God can hold you and make you better. He is infinite and when you are with him then he will dedicate all of his time to you and treat you how you should have been treated on Earth. When there is nothing left to live for, then you can die for God.
For those saying "OH HOW SELFISH"...Remember you are on the outside looking in. Pain comes in many, many forms. If there is no way around it, should they be forced to live a painful existence? To deny someone that right is A LOT MORE SELFISH. You try living with it a while then judge the situation.I believe that it is their right.
The right to life necessitates the right to give up that right (or, if you will, having the right to live necessitates having a right to die). The only person we can make that decision for is ourselves, and it is not the right of the state or anyone else to keep us alive against our will. It was bad enough we were brought into existence against our wills (and it would have been better never to have existed to begin with), but ultimately the only person we have any responsibility for is ourselves. Those "left behind" are irrelevant. That's their problem, not ours, and also, I'd love to see some of you provide any sort of proof that your "God" exists. I won't hold my breath.
If we live in a truly free society in the US, we should be able to end our lives if we wish. Why not? It is our choice. We didn't choose to be born so we don't get to choose when we die, right? Some argue that it is only God's choice when we "come home." The next question is whether there even is a "God". Sure our culture teaches this but if God was so wonderful and created this world, then earth would be the same as heaven, right? No, this is our trial before we get into heaven, right? Then what does God do to all of the people who have killed through the centuries in the name of religion?
While it is not a popular idea, suicide is the ultimate expression of Free Will - "the conduct of human beings that expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces". If that happens to be in the form of death or a shortening of their life, then so be it.
True - it may not be fair, but then life is not really FAIR.
True - it may seem selfish, but that is rather the point of individual decision making. People do make bad choices, and others often pay the price.
For many people, their circumstances aren't too unbearable for them to continue living as they do. Why should they be doomed to a life of misery and of inequality if they see death as being less pain for them? Allow people to have their own say in their own lives; if death is less painful than life then how could you possibly argue against them going for the least painful option.
If abortion is allowed, then suicide should be allowed too. If a mother can choose to end an unborn child's life, she can choose to end her own too. Also in the long run, having people commit suicide might help with our ever increasing population. 10 billion humans in 2050 will be a disaster.
If some one wants to die if there life is poor should be allowed to die. I will ask this if you were diagnosed with cancer do you want to die a slow and painful death or a short and painless death? If you are in pain do you want to live in agony or do you want the pain to stop? Yes you may have a family, but ask yourself do you want them to remember you as you were before your illness or after? If you don't have answer then there is something wrong and you should stop criticizing people and let them do what they want if i am not mistaken we live in a free country.
You are going to die anyways. You have the right to expedite the date of your life expiration. If you are neither demented, nor depressed and you still think that there is no meaning in life and you have no dependents or you are suffering, then you have the right.
This goes out to all of you who are thinking of committing suicide. Life is hard no matter what class you are in yet there will always be someone out there who will "wish to be you". I don't care if anyone here thinks a person has a right to kill him/her self, it doesn't make it right. It's like saying yes to a person who is asking if he has the right to do drugs. You have no right to seriously hurt the people who love you and there are millions out there who are going through harder suffering than you and they fought their way up.
I think not. "Life" itself is something we cannot control. If we do not have the right to choose not to be born, then that means we do not have the right to choose not to live. Continuing from this, it would mean that we do not have the right to commit suicide. Using this logical syllogism, we have proved that one does not have the right to commit suicide.
If the person is terminally ill let them go. Otherwise even if the person isn't crazy they are being selfish by leaving behind their friends and family. However, there are cases where suicide may selflessly serve the greater cause of humanity by bringing attention to injustice. For example, the buddhist monks and anti-war activists who famously set themselves on fire during the Vietnamese War. But a person should not rush into such a decision lightly.
Those who choose to commit suicide are normally in most cases can be helped by therapy and are clearly not in the right state of mind to take their own life. There are some circumstances that could be justified, but if your spouse left you and you are to afraid to deal with reality you just need to calm down and take therapy because that situation can be fixed
To support the idea that people have a right to suicide completely undermines or negates the entire notion of determinism, well-being and health of those others around you.
Think of the most important person in your life, their suicide will inevitably have negative consequences upon you and others. To say that people have the right to suicide is almost synonymous with saying that people have the right to harm others via self-harm. Does it make sense to suggest that somebody has the right to induce depression (severe) into another person? I'm asking this, does it make sense to offer people the right to harm others?
It's worth noting that I am talking of cases whereby people have the choice to commit suicide. A person with severe depression doesn't have a choice, they aren't completely responsible for their actions.
After watching my Mom and Father in law fight for life and loosing their battle I find it morally wrong to just throw life away. I love this quote and use it when ever I get really sad " Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem." Keep fighting and if you really feel low go to the hospital and look at all the newborns, they give you a wonderful perspective.
So lets say I lose all hope and have no possible way of achieving anything ever again. I'm completely down in a ditch and I surely can't get out, I should still not commit suicide. Why? As humans our purpose isn't entirely to find happiness, love, or some other form of overjoyed feeling that makes us feel of another world. While we experience these feelings we also experience hate, jealousy, melancholy and other forms of negative thoughts. These feelings will all come and go but some might not be able to take such negative emotions and insist on suicide but if you do feel that way and you're reading this, I hope you know the purpose of life it to keep moving forward because once you end your life you'll never be able to experience the beautiful things in life. I hope this might help you change your mind.
The body you have is given by God. You are merely a vessel. An instrument to carry out God's plan. Sure you have a soul, but this body isn't yours. It was given to you, so you have no right to end it your way. Sure you can say that you own your life. But always remember; you weren't the one who brought yourself to this world. So you have no right to drift away from it. Ending it will only cause your family depression, and in some cases financial problems. I'm sorry to have not seen this sooner. There will always be another way to end your suffering. SUICIDE IS A PERMANENT ANSWER TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM... TO THOSE SAID YES TO THIS QUESTION... I hope you realize what you have just done. The person who asked this question is now dead, and he is all over the news! The link to this question is given by the news article.
No. We don't have rights to commit suicide. We should live for our parents. Our mother birthed us with world's highest pain. We should think about that. We should not make her unhappy by ending our life. Please do not take the decision like that. Before commit suicide just think who does not have problems ?
That could possibly be the most selfish thing you could do. It's so selfish of someone because how do they know nobody loves them? How do they know nobody will miss them? So they think just because they can't handle the world they will just leave it? That's most ridiculous thing I've heard. If you're struggling then get help. No matter what somebody out there will help you whether you know them or you don't.
There is definitely someone around you who is experiencing the same level of burden you have or feel. No man is an island. Surely someone out there will be wiling to listen to you. Now, to those who are introverts, don't be afraid. Even if it is just one person that you'll share your burden with, it will make a big difference. Air your problems out even anonymously. I know how hard it is to have a problem that you dont know even how to deal with.
It is something so precious because it is a part of the whole human race... It's your duty to stay alive & work hard on making it a better life for yourself & others... Don't just give up & lose... If you stay alive tomorrow WILL be a better day. That's a rule in life... Just wait & see... Be a winner, not a loser.
There are, and will ALWAYS be other ways out of a problem or situation other than ending a life... Sometimes it's just the person not wanting TO. Sometimes they just have to open up, the world will never run short of people who are willing to give their time and effort to comfort somebody. Yes, the world may be a harsh place, but there are also a lot of people willing to be salt and light. You just have to look in the right places.
See a therapist instead.
God created us and gave us life. When it's our time to leave this earth, it will be done at God's will, not ours. I feel like it's pretty clear in the 10 Commandments in the Bible. The Commandment that says, "thou shalt not kill", plainly states not to kill. Suicide is killing, because it's taking one's own life. There can't be a problem in this world that is bad enough that someone can't work through that, instead of killing themselves.