Suicides….are they justified??

A farmer commits suicide…poor crop prices or poor harvest. A buisness man…..heavy losses. A lover…..jilted or unsuccessful love story. A politician….. depression or can’t face failure. A patient…fed up with life of treatment. A student…… examination failure. A parent….unable to make ends meet. Another patient….. psychological problem. The list goes on. Every day various people various reasons. Only the person committing suicide had a reason he or she felt was necessary to end one’s life. Others can comment, argue , debate whether it was right or wrong, but do others have any right to decide another person’s wish.

Euthanasia is today legal in many countries….that too is a form of permitted suicide. Then why are suicides not permitted, why can’t others accept a person desire not to live. Try putting their shoes on and then think, 🤔. Euthanasia is the practice (illegal in most countries) of killing somebody without pain who wants to die because he/she is suffering from a disease that cannot be cured. Why is it that only physical pain is pain…..mental pain too is pain. Why is it only people with incurable disease are permitted, atleast in some countries. Many a times mental pain too is incurable, financial losses are at times irreversible, love lost is not reversible, some failures in life are devastating, many psychiatric problems have no cure, depression is a state of mind……yet when people commit suicide for these reasons they are said to be mentally weak, it is is asked what right did they have to take their own life…..well they asked to be born either. They definitely are not weak….. suicides are not for the weak hearted….it needs tremendous mental strength, yet socities can’t come to terms with it

Events in human life and circumstances may change even without one knowing it. Therefore what may seem like excellent today might be useless tomorrow. Happiness like depression is a state of mind, that may change according to circumstances that govern our decisions in life.since every individual has the right to live , he/she should also have the right to die when he or she so wishes, that is an argument the majority don’t buy. Today suicide and attempted suicide are no longer treated as criminal offences in many countries- which indirectly means somewhere this right to ends one’s life is subconsciously being accepted.

” It seems a monstrous procedure to inflict further suffering on even a single individual who has already found life so unbearable, his chances of life so slender, that he has been willing to face pain and death in order to cease his living. That those for whom life is altogether bitter should be subjected to further bitterness and degradation seems perverse” legislation…’H. Romilly Fedden

Not everyone will agree with Fedden’s views, but it is worth trying to understand his statement. As of today very few will justify suicides. Most men who taught the world how to live peacefully in love did ultimately commit suicide. They perhaps realised at some point in life that living further was useless.

The world accepts abortion, meaning you have the right to take away the life of an unborn……but not your life… can this hypocrite nature of humans be justified… answer. Everything that suits humans present needs will always be justified……..but who will talk….very few.

The other side…thoughts of spiritual person “You need to observe whether there’s negativity in there … when you feel you don’t want to live anymore, is it a resistance pattern that is egoic because things are not going the way you want them to go? Or, maybe a kind of tiredness of life? Instead of committing suicide, practice dying, by surrendering completely to the present moment. Don’t demand the present moment to be different. It is what it is, then the ego dies. Try surrender then see what happens. That means no complaint of anything anymore, complete acceptance of this moment as it is.”.. ECKHART TOLLE

ECKHART TOLLE had contemplated suicide at the age of 29 and overcame it to live and write on the futility of suicides. His writing clearly does not justify suicide. His teaching needs to be known by all which would help in stopping suicides.

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and
not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms
of no forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence… Eckhart TOLLE. Following and understanding this will perhaps clear one’s mind on why suicides should stop and not be justified.


As was observed by the great philosopher, poet ‘Khalil Gibran’ , …you can muffle the drum and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing? This will sum up ……. suicides….can they ever be wished away.

Published by Dr. K Anil Roy

Medical doctor, partly atheist but believes there is a god, anti establishment, renegade, proud to be an Indian, an awakened one,!! Tolerant to criticism

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