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I\'m about to take up a position which is going to be deamed by some,
if not all, as a terrible stand to take. As a matter of fact, if anyone were
to agree with me on ths subject, I\'d be surprsed. For you see, rather than
arguing from the postion of suicide being an unjustified and inane way to
die, I shall argue the other point. That being suicide does have its merits.
Before you people start screaming, 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 populistic view as well.
It makes little sense to preserve life in an over populated world. True, one
less person here on there will not make a large dent. Yet if everyone who
attempts or had attempted suicide were not stopped, the impact would be
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
The argument of "look at the people you will hurt" also does not
hold. Imidiate family members will be the only ones to suffer any great pain.
Friends will go on with thier lives and in time forget about the death.
Imidiate family too will forget the loss in time. Although it will take most
considerably longer for them than it will for friends.
Finaly, 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 committ suicide sneds their soul straight to Hell. In many
religions, suicide is considered taboo. However why is this so? Why should it
be looked upon as disgracefull, 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.
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