Why do people say suicide is selfish?

December 5th, 2011by porphyrous

I’ve heard this a few times from people now.  “Suicide is the most selfish thing you can do.”  It always comes from non-suicidal people, though.  My sister popped that infamous line during my phone conversation with her last night, when I finally told her what I’d done Friday night.

I don’t see it.  I see all of the miserable things here that drive people to suicide, and nobody cared when those people were being selfless or self-sacrificing, or just trying to please them.  If it’s selfish, then it appears to be the one time in their existence when they thought of themselves.  That’s not selfishness, that’s self-defense.

What do you think?

David

 

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