The Morality of Suicide

It seems that most monotheistic religions (and interestingly enough, even most atheists I’ve met) deem suicide as an evil action. Alas, any claim deeming suicide immoral is defective.

Monotheistic religions claim that it’s an offense to god as we are the god’s creation and therefore have no right to destroy ourselves as it would be destroying god’s creation. Well, that’s OK if you’re working under the assumption that a god even exists and have sufficient evidence that god exists, but it’s still not immoral to remove something which is a harm to someone. As (1) our lives are a harm to us and (2) it would have been better never to have existed, it thus follows that if god created creation he did an evil action. Therefore god, if god exists, is evil. As such, no entity that is inherently evil has any right dictating anything about general morality.

In terms of the “new” atheism, they have all sorts of unfounded claims. They reject god or a driving uniting force but somehow make up some bullshit claim that there’s a purpose for our existence and that we should not terminate our lives because of it. Truth be told they have no more evidence for their claims of a transcendental purpose than theists have for the existence of god. As such, this claim can be dismissed as nonsense right along with the god theory.

Both atheists and theists argue that committing suicide is selfish because of the devastation left behind. I would counter this argument by saying the devastation over someone’s death is the selfishness of the grieving and is entirely their problem. They grieve because they wanted said deceased person (who died of suicide or other means, it matters not) to remain alive to please them. Let’s be honest, we never grieve a person actually dying. We grieve because they will no longer be there for us.

Lastly, psychologists will claim that suicide is a result of mental illness. Well, even if it was that’s not even relevant, but the real disturbing thing about this is what the general consensus is about mental illness, namely that we should forfeit our bodily autonomy upon being diagnosed with one of the plethora of mental illnesses people have made up out of thin air without any evidence backing them up whatsoever. That’s a slippery slope I don’t think anyone wants to go down, because what’s next? Left handers losing their bodily autonomy? I don’t even want to think about the potential implications.

Now that we’ve effectively destroyed every anti-suicide argument, we see that suicide is not an immoral action. This is not to claim that suicide is moral. Such action has a morally neutral value (i.e. it is neither moral nor immoral to commit suicide). However, suicide must be recognized as a right. As none of us were given any choice in whether or not to come into this world (rather, we were all selfishly forced into it by our parents), we should at least have the free choice to leave if we deem it the appropriate course of action for ourselves.

Which brings me to the closing point: if we want to talk about true immorality and selfishness, let’s talk about the breeder scumbags that force new people into existence and the ones who try to force people to remain alive against their wills. That’s true selfishness and immorality. Nobody has a kid for their kid’s benefit; they have them for their own. Likewise, nobody keeps someone alive against his/her will for that person’s benefit. They do so because they don’t want to have to say goodbye. It’s a fucked up world we live in, for sure.

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About coolchildfreeguy

Childfree guy living in Mexico City. Professional pilot by day, all-around fun guy by night.

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Antinatalism, atheism, Childfree, Christianity, death, Efilism, euthanasia, nihilism, Philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m actually just about as torn on this topic as I am on antinatalism. I’m just not sure there is an answer when wondering whether certain things are right or wrong, good or bad, etc.

  2. This is a tough one for me. Having been suicidal as a kid, I never considered the thought it was immoral and, since I was only 9-10, the morality of it was never discussed. Consequently, when I heard the argument that suicide was immoral, I was slightly shocked.
    Now, when I discovered God actually was logical and decided to give Him a chance, another thing came into play. The Apostle Paul, if you look closely and from a suicidal perspective, was, in fact, suicidal. At one point, he says something like, “I have a desire to depart and be with Christ (in heaven) which is, by far, the better choice. But as long as God wants me here, and for your benefit, I will stay.” So Christians have something to look forward to, and no reason to be scared of death. And I have to say, I’ve had days where I really want to leave earth and be done with the mess. But I’ll stay, because I want to help people here.
    I’m glad my husband was born, even though his parents gave him up for adoption and he, arguably, had a really crappy childhood. But he’s glad he was born, even so, and he’s amazing.
    And, despite not wanting to get married OR have kids, even up until a few years ago, I’ve found myself softening. Maybe another child like us could help the world in some way. Maybe we would be good parents and raise a child who grows up to join the fight for righting the wrongs in the world. And until then, we’ll try to help the helpless and encourage other kids to do the same. 🙂

    • Again, you have no scientific support for any of your claims.

      Further, your comment just goes to show perfectly what I was talking about. Our existences are bad for us, but might be a benefit for those who are also stuck in the unfortunate state of existence. However, that does NOT mean we should be obligated to stay to appease others. Ayn Rand was absolutely correct in saying that altruism is largely evil. We need to look after ourselves first.

      • Ouch… I’ve seen too many people who look after themselves first at the expense of everyone else. 😦 It’s sad. Yes, if you try to do good simply to do good, and don’t think about the people you’re trying to help, then you can do more ill. But so many lives can be made so much better and, arguably, happier, by others thinking of the helpless and making a conscious effort to give up their own comforts for the sake of lifting up the oppressed and needy.

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