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If a person atempts suicide and escapes, should he / she be punished?

In our society, when a person attempts suicide and fortunately (or unfortunately) survives, he / she is made to go through a more mentally exhausting conviction and punishment.
In my personal opinion, that person has lost the will to live and requires some counselling in order to rebuilt his / her faith in "life". Making them go through the exhaustive judicial process and presenting them as criminals is not a good idea.


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    Apr 20 2012: If we do punish someone for attempting suicide we are probably just doing it to follow a law or because we are so appalled by the action that we want something done about it and we dont think the person should be rewarded with free counseling. The punishment itself would serve what purpose? To make the person feel regret and remorse? Well obviously the person had already reached there max capacity of those feelings?
    If a person attempts suicide you have to look at the reason and go from there. Some of the most common reasons might be: They dont feel there life is worth living; extreme emotional pain; extreme physical pain; a chemical imbalance; or maybe for attention.
    The thing is if someone is going to try suicide there mind has needlessly narrowed. What I mean by this is that in our life we are all confronted with problems and stressors yet we see many different options as a way to deal with these. A person who commits suicide only sees one option...To take their own life. Drugs and alcohol limit the minds capacity to work and that is why a lot of suicides take place under the influence. People need to to be shown and convinced that they always have other options... Look at famous actors and rockstars that commit suicide while starving people in Uganda..being abused and oppressed still see their lives as worth living...One of them has to be wrong..I say its the rockstars.

    A lot of people commit suicide over a member of the opposite sex... If I could only take that person around the world and show them all the beautiful people in it..all their options...they might see that this one person is not their only option.
    PS: Romeo and Juliette is not a love story...It's a story about two stupid Emo kids
    • Apr 21 2012: Precisely how the outlook is required to be.

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