Moral Justification Of Suicide

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“Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live”. (Charles Caleb Colton) First, let’s define what suicide is. Suicide is the act of taking one’s life on purpose. Suicidal behavior is any action that could cause a person to die, such as taking a drug overdose or cashing a car on purpose. Most suicide attempts do not result in death. Many of these attempts are done in a way that makes rescue possible. These attempts are often a cry for help. Relatives of people who attempt or complete suicide often blame themselves or became very angry. They may see the suicide attempt as selfish. However, people who attempt …show more content…
Regardless of the morality or permissibility of committing suicide, suicide entails death, and so the question naturally arises as to whether death should or should not be feared. Keep in mind that all nonsuicidal acts of self-destruction are considered morally permissible. The real question, we should ask here, “Is suicide is a moral act or not”?
Before I examining if suicide is morally wrong, let me remind you that everyone lives their life separately and we should not judge a person based on their action. When talking about the moral justification of suicide, we should consider both liberal approach: the utilitarian and autonomy approach. According to Richard Brandt, suicide is defined as the intentional termination of one’s own life and argues against the view that suicide is always immoral. It may be appropriate, he says, to take one’s own life to avoid catastrophic hospital expenses in a terminal illness and thus meet one’s obligation to one’s family. It may also be the case that a person may maximize his or her long range welfare by bring about death. A prospective suicidal person must attempt to take into account all the relevant information, including all his own short-term and
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Overall suicide is a very touchy subject. Growing up in a Christian home, suicide was a non-discussion topic. Basically my aunt would say, “God brought you in this world, and when he is ready to take you home, that’s how you will die. You can’t decide when it’s your time to go”. Suicide was not an option of dyeing. My overall opinion about suicide is that, its morally wrong. In some case suicide is justifiable and in other cases, its selfish. You must never judge a person’s life until you have walked a day in their shoes. Life is hard yes, but there is always a way out. Moving here from Jamaica was a difficult transition for me. New culture, no family, new friends, my life was basically restarting. I felt depressed, alone and drained. I became rebellion against my mom. She didn’t raise me and my attitude towards her change. She would always choose her husband over her kids, she would always threat to send me and my sister back to Jamaica. Deep down, I felt that she didn’t want us, so I started having suicidal thoughts. I felt ending my life would make it easier on her. All I had were thoughts; I didn’t try to harm myself because my aunt was always there to support my every decision. I was selfish and I didn’t really notice how hard my mother was working to provide for us. I started talking about how I really felt and it made life much easier. Cases like this, I must say suicide is morally wrong. I was

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