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  •  I've always thought suicide was a no-brainer. (8+ / 0-)

    Death is a part of life. I am responsible for my life.

    Sitges, Spain, 1971 - The newspaper reported the suicide of some old-time vaudevillian actor, who I vaguely remembered in his later years. He checked into a hotel somewhere along the Costa Brava and took some pills. He left a note, "It's been a great life, but now I've lived long enough. Thanks." He wasn't terminally ill or suffering any disabling or painful illness or disease. He had just lived long enough.

    I would be happy to go out the same way.

    •  We shouldn't be flip about it, though (1+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne

      a awful lot of suicides and suicide attempts occur in the teens and twenties...that is something that we need to fight. It's all too common for kids whose lives have barely started to think it's all over...also, no one should decide to die because they're depressed or facing financial ruin...Death is permanent, it should never be sought as the solution to a temporary problem.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:16:23 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

        There is a wide difference between "end of life" suicides and a young person deciding to take their life because they are depressed or upset about something that will pass in time.

      •  We shouldn't be flip about their situations, (4+ / 0-)

        either.

        If they feel that pain or penury is cause to end their life with 50 years to go instead of 5, I find it unbearably arrogant to tell them their life's worth something other than what they're willing to pay.

        •  Good comment. (1+ / 0-)
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          Alice in Florida

          I think the major problem with younger suicides is that they are, IMO, incapable of making an informed decision about what their life "is worth." They are trapped in "now" and have no way of knowing how dramatically different the life ahead of them is likely to be than whatever it is at the moment. Adults, who know only too well that the pain and penury experienced by the young will almost certainly pass, and usually much sooner than the young can imagine, can be all too dismissive of that pain and penury.

          The other problem with younger suicides is that the young tend to be egocentric. I'm pretty sure that, if many young suicides could have fully comprehended the pain and penury their act would cause others, pain and penury that will be far more enduring than whatever they themselves were suffering at the time, they would have been willing to pay a higher price to survive, whether their life was worth it to them or not.

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