• Suicide
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I don't think this topic get enough attention, this is about the legality of suicide, assisted suicide and the ethics surrounding it. The laws making suicide illegal i think are preposterous, how can you be so inclinded to tell someone who isn't 'intrested' in the game of life or in some sort of trauma or suffering to stay here. The law itself seems to mostly target people who are dying in pain and to weak to do the job, if you are capable of taking your own life, then there is nothing they can really do if you execute it right. And i hear people talk about, you know, how there parents would be devastated and it is selfish for him to kill himself, but maybe it is the parents who are selfish, if they understood what there son or elder or whatever the situation was experiencing they would understand. (and if it was legal maybe there son could actually open up to his parents without being sent to a mental hospital). Also i think just in general suicide should be a personal choice and shouldn't be so badly judged by society labeling people as quitters, weak..etc Sorry if this thread is not nicely constructed, delete it mods if you think it is not worthy of the debate section.
What is the debate about? The legality of suicide? I don't think I've ever actually seen a story where someone attempted suicide and got in legal trouble after.
If you fail at suicide you clearly don't want to die or you're just not physically capable of suicide(crippled etc.), because honestly, it's not that hard(Other than mentally, in which it might be challenging). Also this thread is sort of about this subject, [url]http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1126422[/url] .
On one hand I can see how it could be considered selfish to take your own life and leave everyone behind with feelings of mourning, regret, guilt, emptiness, etc. etc. and whatever, and I used to agree that it's a horrible thing to do to people [url=http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1046656-The-Agonizing-Last-Words-of-Programmer-Bill-Zeller/]but then I read this thread[/url] [quote]People say suicide is selfish. I think it's selfish to ask people to continue living painful and miserable lives, just so you possibly won't feel sad for a week or two. Suicide may be a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but it's also a permanent solution to a ~23 year-old problem that grows more intense and overwhelming every day. Some people are just dealt bad hands in this life. I know many people have it worse than I do, and maybe I'm just not a strong person, but I really did try to deal with this. I've tried to deal with this every day for the last 23 years and I just can't fucking take it anymore.[/quote] I don't feel the same way anymore
[QUOTE=Venezuelan;32451848]What is the debate about? The legality of suicide? I don't think I've ever actually seen a story where someone attempted suicide and got in legal trouble after.[/QUOTE] Yes, and yes plenty of doctors and family members have gotten in trouble with the law for assisted suicide, and attempted suicide.
If you accept that a person owns their own body, then that person must also have a right to end their life. Any type of force stopping a person from taking their life would be immoral. In the case of assisted suicide, it is perfectly acceptable given that the person allows it as there would be no force. The best way for it to work in society is through contract with a third party present. I say this because because it would be difficult to distinguish murder from assisted suicide in many cases. Some people wouldn't see this issue because most assisted suicide happens with people on their death beds, but you have to take the full issue into scope. Also, this issue is quite different than euthanasia, or at least the non voluntary forms. The only form euthanasia this issue comes into contact with is assisted suicide where the patient gives consent to the physician to be put down.
[QUOTE=Yzooo;32451909]If you fail at suicide you clearly don't want to die or you're just not physically capable of suicide(crippled etc.), because honestly, it's not that hard(Other than mentally, in which it might be challenging).[/QUOTE] The last part in the brackets proved the first part wrong. You're like a one-man portable debate. But anyway, my beliefs here (as most of you probably know from the other thread) align exactly with Pepin's. You may think that suicide is selfish and immoral but refusing someone the right to make decisions for their own body is more immoral.
Well'p. Heres the way I see it. Its illegal to try, and do so(sucide, or attempt). Now thats all fine and dandy but making it LEGAL wouldn't exactly be.. Uuuuh.
[QUOTE=Laferio;32452598]Well'p. Heres the way I see it. Its illegal to try, and do so(sucide, or attempt). Now thats all fine and dandy but making it LEGAL wouldn't exactly be.. Uuuuh.[/QUOTE] wouldn't be exactly [I][B]FABULOOOUUUUS[/B][/I] [img]http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2008/05/Si%20Mons.JPG[/img] [highlight](User was banned for this post ("This is not debating" - Orkel))[/highlight]
I don't see how anybody would make suicide illegal. You can't do time when you're dead.
This is not a funny subject please dont poke fun at it (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)
[QUOTE=McNab;32453280]This is not a funny subject please dont poke fun at it (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)[/QUOTE] sir please i have had enough of your disingenuous assertions
[QUOTE=McNab;32453280]This is not a funny subject please dont poke fun at it (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)[/QUOTE] :suicide:
In the words of Doug Stanhope, life is like a movie. If you've sat through half of it, and it's sucked every minute so far, it's not very likely it's going to pick up and be great at the end. Suicide itself can't really be illegal, you can't stop people from doing it. And prosecuting the nearly dead or suicidally depressed over their very own attempts seem immoral at best. People who aren't experienced with suicide trying to make decisions over other people doesn't really work. People look so negatively on it, there's little reason to.
Suicide is eh After attempting it myself I'm glad I'm still here today, life was shit, but it (in most cases) gets better. But when you're that low it seems like the best idea in the world.
[QUOTE=McNab;32453280]This is not a funny subject please dont poke fun at it (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)[/QUOTE] Making fun of things is some peoples way of getting over things. Plus, anything is funny under the right context.
I dunno, if you can put suicide in the moral category then you can put assisted suicide in too. It really depends on are you able to make decisions about yourself that affect it in such a way, does your ownership over yourself extend to ending your own life? I'm still undecided though. I can see a big problem with the legality of it if people can do it on an uninformed basis but personally I can understand someone wanting to die. I think it's highly ill-advised but I wouldn't put it in a completely immoral category, it has it's places.
It's stupid to think suicide is selfish or cowardly. You've got a person who's obviously feeling very bad. And the solution would be to shower that person with guilt? That just solves everything? That's bullshit. It's much more selfish to force someone to live in misery just so [I]you[/I] don't have to "get sad".
I always get upset when people say "Suicide is selfish" rather than realizing the state the person must've been in or what they must've been going through to have committed suicide in the first place. It just seems disrespectful. [editline]24th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=Rad McCool;32453621]It's stupid to think suicide is selfish or cowardly. You've got a person who's obviously feeling very bad. And the solution would be to shower that person with guilt? That just solves everything? That's bullshit. It's much more selfish to force someone to live in misery just so [I]you[/I] don't have to "get sad".[/QUOTE] Couldn't agree more.
You can't really make suicide illegal.
For the most part, I think suicide is an incredibly selfish thing to do. I understand that people have different problems, but it causes such pain to family and friends. A boy in my old school hung himself in his garage and his little brother found him. It just strikes me as purely selfish. (Obviously some people are not in the right state of mind to be held accountable for it, however).
[QUOTE=Caesar;32454142]For the most part, I think suicide is an incredibly selfish thing to do. I understand that people have different problems, but it causes such pain to family and friends. A boy in my old school hung himself in his garage and his little brother found him. It just strikes me as purely selfish. (Obviously some people are not in the right state of mind to be held accountable for it, however).[/QUOTE] That's the worst argument against suicide. It's not selfish, it's selfish of you and everyone around that person to tie them down to a world that they clearly don't want to be in because you can't handle being sad for a few weeks or days.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb7BRH_iY14&list=FLK1pJP8BFPjVAEcOurp8Jrw&index=309[/media] bit of an awkward video because of the make up, but a good point
The government should just install suicide booths on the corners of streets.
What about people who decide to take someone with them as they commit suicide? That is, they kill someone, attempt to commit suicide and fail and are caught? With the law as it is at the moment, they would be convicted for murder, but that doesn't seem right to me. They were trying to kill theirself, but instead are put into prison for the rest of their life. And what good would that do them?
This whole debate about it being selfish doesn't matter. Even if an individual is being selfish in committing suicide, they have full right to be selfish. [QUOTE=Laferio;32452598]Well'p. Heres the way I see it. Its illegal to try, and do so(sucide, or attempt). Now thats all fine and dandy but making it LEGAL wouldn't exactly be.. Uuuuh.[/QUOTE] Make an argument. [QUOTE=Darth_GW7;32458129]What about people who decide to take someone with them as they commit suicide? That is, they kill someone, attempt to commit suicide and fail and are caught? With the law as it is at the moment, they would be convicted for murder, but that doesn't seem right to me. They were trying to kill theirself, but instead are put into prison for the rest of their life. And what good would that do them?[/QUOTE] You can't charge a dead man and the issues of suicide don't not coincide with the issues of murder. All you are really doing is pointing out is that the law it pointless when someone murders someone and then commits suicide because there is no way to charge the person. In the same way, isn't a law against suicide pointless when someone commits suicide?
[QUOTE=Pepin;32458230]You can't charge a dead man and the issues of suicide don't not coincide with the issues of murder. All you are really doing is pointing out is that the law it pointless when someone murders someone and then commits suicide because there is no way to charge the person. In the same way, isn't a law against suicide pointless when someone commits suicide?[/QUOTE] No, what if someone kills someone and tries, and fails, to kill theirself straight afterwards?
Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission
[QUOTE=Franke_R!?;32458445]Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission[/QUOTE] Uh... Why? It's their choice, not anyone elses.
[QUOTE=Franke_R!?;32458445]Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission[/QUOTE]I doubt people would say "Yeah, go ahead, kill yourself."
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