Free Will And Suicide Research Paper

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Mankind is blessed with intelligence, presiding intellectually over all other species. Coupled with humankind’s intelligence is the element of free will. We have the ability to exercise volition, being able to act without the manacles of fate or limitation; we are able to, arguably, create our own fate and future with the decisions we make. Certainly, this is construed as a great blessing; but, the dichotomy of opposites dictates it to be just as much of curse. Free will does not limit one’s actions to good, it allows for actions of all natures, including harmful, to be carried out. Illustrating this notion is free will’s permission of suicide.The act of committing suicide is when a person willingly takes their own life.Astoundingly, suicide …show more content…
Humans, being highly sensitive creatures, have an inherent disposition to be greatly affected and afflicted by the emotions brought on by life’s happenings. Mankind exists in a world filled with binary oppositions; being as ugly as it is beautiful, being filled with bad as much as good. A life without emotional turmoil and affliction is one that would occur only under utopian circumstance, a phenomenon that is reserved only for the fantastical pages of a fiction novel. Accepting this truth is logical; one must understand the implications and multifaceted nature of life. Although the case is such, people are unable to emotionally deal with what life presents them with. To exemplify, consider a person whose partner passed away. Naturally, they would be grief-stricken and would experience tremendous emotional trauma. They would likely question why such a tragedy befell them, questioning why they were the ones tormented by the fates. In their state of severe depression, they often feel victimized, thinking that no one else could possibly feel or endure the pain they suffer. Their emotions are so overriding that they fail to evaluate reality logically, making redundant their intelligence; death is inevitable. The said person may be so emotionally distraught and consumed in their depression that refuse to accept the terms and conditions of life, and so take their own. …show more content…
In addition to humans being highly emotional creatures, they are also social beings, and therefore get greatly affected by those whom they are surrounded by. For example, consider a young teenager who is constantly bullied at school. As per human nature, this has a great negative impact of the child’s regard towards themselves; they would likely perceive themselves as worthless, unimportant, a burden and unequal. Such emotions manifest in the form of suicidal thoughts, until they one day turn into action. Although young teenagers are intelligent and can seek help from elders such as parents and teachers, their emotions prohibit them from doing so. They feel that if they were to seek help from elders, their rank in the social hierarchy would fall and that their situation would simply be exacerbated. The emotions of fear, shame, embarrassment and humiliation collectively hinder the child’s logic and reason. Instead of exercising intelligent decision and logic, the suicidal child opts to simply escape their

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