Thoughts on suicide

Question of The Day February 17, 2013 ~ Thoughts on Suicide

What are your thoughts on Suicide?

I have lost too many friends to suicide, and came very close to it myself once.
There seem to be many different paths to getting to a point where the cost of carrying on living doesn’t seem to be worth the rewards of life.

Now, the idea seems untenable to me, and that is the result of many life experiences.
In the ignorance of my youth, I thought I knew a lot more that I do now. Now I am aware that I know a lot more than I did back then, and I am also aware that that which I don’t know is infinitely greater than that which I know. With such knowledge, I could never be sufficiently confident that the best wasn’t yet to come, that I could not suicide.

In some cultures, (Japan most notably) suicide is expected for significant failure. That again seems logically flawed to me. We all make mistakes, it is the main way we really learn new things. The whole idea seems a weird twist where one has been forced by culture to accept an external locus of control, and rather than seeing self as an infinitely creative being, one sees self as simply a small part of some larger cultural entity. I find all such cultural entities to be dangerous pathologies.

So while I can understand how, in their ignorance, and in often unpleasant circumstances, many commit suicide, I can no longer envisage any circumstance where I would do it.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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