I mentioned that there was an interesting and enlightening comments section in my suicide posts, so I do want to publicly announce a few things – like how I was wrong.
- Suicide is NOT cowardly in every circumstance. Sometimes it is a matter of a mental disorder taking over your mind. I was WRONG when I said that suicide was an objectively cowardly action.
- Sometimes suicide is not cowardly but motivated by wildly wrong reasons. George Bailey jumping into the river so his family gets the life insurance isn’t cowardly. It’s wildly misguided (also a Very Bad Thing).
WITH THAT SAID: SOME suicide is cowardly. How else are we to make sense of Judas’s suicide? Judas killed himself out of despair of God’s forgiveness, which is another way of saying he gave in to fear of damnation.
And euthanasia is cowardly. Yes, really. Remember the young woman who was recently euthanized to avoid the pain of a long illness? Sometimes I am asked if I would have done it. This is one of the few times I think I can honestly answer with a “no, absolutely not”. That would be giving up and deciding life isn’t worth living because of pain. Those who get euthanized are acting out of fear for the future.
That’s not to say, mind you, that circumstances shouldn’t be brought into account. But they also shouldn’t be excuses, and we should call a spade a spade.
So anyway, I was wrong. But I also think that even admitting that suicide is SOMETIMES cowardly is verboten in polite society, and I at least stand by that statement. I did, however, think it a matter of honesty to get my new views out to the more general public.