I’m about to take up a position which will be deemed by some, if not all, as a
terrible stand to take. As a matter of fact, if anyone were to agree with me on this subject, I’d be
shocked. For you see, rather than arguing from a position of suicide being an unjustified and
senseless way to die, I shall argue the other point. That being suicide does have its merits. So,
before you start debating, hear my case out.
Most people argue that nothing justifies the taking of someone’s life. Yet what makes life so
valuable? Why do people cling to it so? All we consist of is a bunch of carbon atoms, bound
together to form an exoskeleton, organs, and tissue. In this light, there really is not much to life. Out
of the 5 billion who inhabit the planet, very few of them shall emerge to be true world leaders. The
rest will just lead a mediocre life of work and little play. The taking of ones life can be argued
from a populist view as well. It makes little sense to preserve life in an over populated world.
True, one less person here or there will not make a large dent. Yet if everyone who attempts or had
attempted suicide were not stopped, the impact would be recognized. Another popular argument
for stoppers, people who want to prevent suicide, is that nothing can be bad enough. Yet how do
they know this? They do not have to put up with the same stuff the suicide victim does everyday.
How could they possibly know what the potential suicide victim feels. Just as a severely burned
victim may wish to be allowed to die in peace, the suicide victim wishes the same. To die in
peace with no argument from others.
The argument of “look at the people you will hurt” also does not hold. Immediate family
members will be the only ones to suffer any great pain. Friends will go on with their lives and in
time forget about the death. Immediate family too will forget the loss in time. Although it will take
most considerably longer for them than it will for friends. Finally, the argument of suicide being
selfish is hard to grasp. Selfish in whose eyes? Certainly not the eyes of the victim. To them, they
consider it selfish of others to try and preserve their life. Again, the argument of the stoppers don’t
know what the victim has to go through. They are not the ones enduring the pain.
Religious people also crop up into the debate. Catholics claim that for someone to commit
suicide sends their soul straight to Hell. In many religions, suicide is considered taboo. However
why is this so? Why should it be looked upon as disgraceful, when some religions claim death the
be the reward for people after their time on earth is done.
Suicide is an issue which should be examined at by all angles. Not just from the angle that it is
“wrong”. End of debate. Rather it should be looked at from the point of view that “yes” for some
people, they should be allowed to die in peace.