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Suicide Essay

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Suicide can be justified. Throughout the course of philosophy many of the great minds will tell that suicide is not the way of the good nor could it ever be. Suicide is frowned upon, considered wrong is all views, considered one of the greater sins, and is told to be unjustifiable. I disagree. Suicide can not only be justified, it can be the way towards a greater good that no other death can compare. I believe that suicide needs to be looked at from more than the view of this or that. Just as there are shades of black and white, there are degrees of right and wrong. So with this I will explain the justification suicide.First, what is suicide? Suicide is the act of killing one's self under ...view middle of the document...

These are the fore runners for the arguments against suicide. These reason for suicide are not without there weak points.There are also those who are proponents of suicide. From as early as c. 4 BC, the Stoics believed that is better to die a horrible death than to live a nice imprisonment. This is out of respect for human dignity. Hume takes on the argument of suicide being a crime against god or the law of nature. Hume states that god gave us the ability and the desire to commit suicide and that it does not interfere with the law of nature any more than a manmade dam interferes with the law of nature. Hume also states that it is not a crime against society any more than a person who chooses to live in isolation from society. The person in question just happens to take his isolation a step further.These are what some of the greater minds have said regarding suicide. These are the arguments that I have to confront or support. I believe suicide is situational and does not constitute the same label as what is typically considered a selfish and cowardly death.Plato would have you believe that our bodies are the property of god and that suicide would be a crime against god. My body is not the property of anyone or anything. My body is mine and mine alone. The only one who has the right to my body is I. To say that it is the property of god would be like saying that I am a slave to god and that he owns the rights to my body. Even if that were true, we as people always have the ability to choose. If we have the ability to choose, then we should have the choice to be a slave to god or die. This still does not justify suicide because there are many cases of slaves who did not kill themselves throughout history. If you combined the points that Hume and the stoics make then the desire, ability, and reason to preserve dignity, then suicide to free one's self from humiliation and slavery is a reasonable action, but can it be justified?Augustine says that life is a gift from god. A bad gift does not have to be kept nor does is have to be appreciated. There are plenty of examples where gifts are returned or given to someone else. If you spend your life in the service of god are you in a sense returning the gift he put so much time, energy, and thought into back to him? Is that in a sense a blasphemous? Most would consider a life in the service of god good. I admit that destroying someone's gift may be worse than returning someone's gift back to them, but then again who says suicide is not just another way of returning god's gift back to him as well as life in service of god.Aquinas is clearly wrong in saying that it is against the law of nature to commit suicide. There are some cases of animal suicide in the natural world. There are stipulations, but in one way or another it might be considered suicide. Animals are not that different than humans in that sense. Do otherwise healthy and reproductively-capable individuals of any species other than humans perform...

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