Originally posted by FMF
Perhaps. But my rule of thumb is: Do no harm to others, Do not deceive, Do not coerce. I can see many suicides as being a case of doing harm to others and therefore not morally acceptable.
I agree that we do not live in a vacuum and that committing suicide has an effect (usually negative)
upon others in various ways to differing extents.
I had a friend myself [albeit not a close friend but still] who committed suicide (stood in front of a train)
and along with the sense of loss I felt, I saw the greater loss of her close friends and family and also
there was the effect on the train driver who was driving the train she chose to stand in front of.
In this instance there was I know a great many people who would have gone to help her at the drop
of a hat if only we had known she felt this way, and the fact that it came out of the blue added to the hurt
with everyone feeling that they could have helped, or at least tried to help, if only she had asked for it.
This coupled with the way she chose to kill herself, which involuntarily involved the train driver in her death
as well as anyone who had to clean up the train and track afterwards, makes me regard her suicide as
being incredibly selfish and immoral due to the undue harm it caused to others and the needlessness of it.
I also understand that someone suffering from a terminal incurable ailment that causes them continuing and
untreatable pain and suffering, either physical or mental, should absolutely be able to choose a time at which
they say "this is enough, I can't take any more, I want to end this".
And I also think that if there is anything you have a right to be in control of it's your own life.
While I classify some suicides as morally bad and some as good (or at least the least bad available option).
I do not think that anyone has a right to stop (as opposed to try to talk someone out of) someone of sound mind
from exercising their right to end their own life (and in some cases get assistance in doing so).
I do however think that some methods of committing suicide are beyond the pail.
Any method that involuntarily directly involves someone else in your death (stepping out into traffic/in front of a train/
suicide by cop/ ect...) and makes someone else the involuntary cause of your death.
That is never acceptable.
I don't think that a healthy person committing suicide is a morally good thing... However we have a right to be as*****s.
The fact that something is morally wrong does not necessarily equate with it deserving to be prohibited.