Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Suicide: An irrational Response?

I read an article this morning that revived a topic of interest for me and that I thought may make an interesting thread here at TC. It's a followup piece to one in which another author had focused on suicide as an act of cowardice and selfishness. The whole article is viewable here. The following quote interested me in particular.

Quote: "This is impossible to understand from a rationalist viewpoint. Attempts at self-harm and/or suicide are, by their nature, not rational."

When you are mentally unwell to the point you want to die, you are — quite literally — not in your right mind.

What do the various belief systems represented at TC have to say on the issue of suicide and other voluntary acts of dying? Is a lack of desire to live inherently mentally unwell and irrational?

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