Erudite Explorer

Ukiah, CA, United States

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I've been building my net worth by offering my assistance where I feel it would be foolish not to. I value my ability to help people, and I feel a little richer every time I receive appreciation.

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169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
I think that a shift in policy, an advertising campaign, and an education program targeted at pre-teens through young adults would slowly undermine those stigmas. The Catholic Church will scream and there will be a rise in suicide rates in the first year or so, but once the dust settles I think we will have reduced the total suffering endured by our society. "I believe (know) that sometimes searching for a way can lead to changing one's mind to follow through. They become more educated and aware of their problems associated with this desire." I know this too. When someone is searching for suicide methods they often stumble upon those websites you refer to. Not only do they discover that they are far from the only who feels as they do, their feelings and desires are accepted by the group. This acceptance combined with the knowledge obtained in the process is what truly changes their world and their outlook.
169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
Just the opinion of an ordinary citizen who's been around the block enough times to show others the way. I think that forcing people to remain alive absolutely destroys the notion that life is a gift. I think that depression is compounded by the reality that suicide is prevented by any means available. I think that the prevention and stigmas associated with suicide makes it impossible for those considering it to do so objectively. I think that people considering suicide already feel like they have no control over their circumstances, like their choices don't matter. When they are told that they have no choice they fall victim to reactance; killing themselves in a final effort to prove that their choices do matter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactance_(psychology)
169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
I've processed the emotions and settled them to a level that won't interfere with my judgement as to prudent policies. The total absence of emotion is a disorder, but controlling your emotions so that they don't effect decision-making is a sign of emotional intelligence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_intelligence
169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
That's right, emotionless logic is the only road to a better, more civilized future. I've been to jail several times in a few different states although never as part of a protest. I'm not given a hard time in jail because I empathize with the corrections officers, they do not have an easy job. I understand the desire to stand up for your self and disobey authority in the process, but once you're arrested there is no reason to agitate the police. They're just doing their (stressful, dangerous, unappreciated, underpaid) jobs.
169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
"Society has no right to sanction suicide, as it has no right to not sanction suicide." So what should become of the current policy of prevention by force? "Rather than taking the approach that society should do something, and ask what society should do, let us ask, to each individual sufferer, how can we offer assistance." Who do you mean by "us" and "we?" Are you suggesting that there be no public assistance offered to the suicidal? Do you believe that anyone who's physically healthy but suicidal is mentally ill? I can think of a couple scenarios where ending your own life is both logical and reasonable. I do agree with you 100% as to the inhumanity in forcing the terminally ill to suffer. I hope that the progress made in Oregon spreads like wildfire.
169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
I do some online suicide prevention and you're right, it is very enlightening. It's so much easier to find reasons to be happy when you're trying to help someone else. I think it makes great therapy. I don't think that prisoners should be able to opt for suicide. They have lost their rights and would need to pay their debt to society before they're returned. I would like to hear some of the ways that you think euthanasia could be abused.
169413
Erudite Explorer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Should we be allowed to control our lives in the most fundamental way; to choose between life and death? Should we sanction suicide?
I think that a common reason that people don't have kids is because they see the world as evil and don't want to be responsible for exposing another soul to its torments. Perhaps some people develop this mentality as parents and in their minds they are showing the children mercy. No, I have not had that experience and from what I can feel from imagining it...I hope you're okay and I hope that your mother doesn't suffer unnecessarily. I must ask though, do you think her fear was of death itself or of some judgement thereafter. I wonder how many of those lapses in the final stages age are provided by a merciful nurse.