Even though the history books are not 100% correct one can still glean from them the idea that many past societies had little or no conveniences. Things we accept as normal like running water, plentiful food, protection of children from slavery/chil labor, decent medical care, decent housing and transport.
Some places still lack some of those things above. And some of us in better living situations would lament the loss of such things.
Add in the various pain and persecution outside of these things and you have one tough enchilada.
Objectively speaking in many cases life would technically be less preferable than death for some people. This is if you eschew emotion and related non logical thinking.
Despite this humanity has strong genetics which drive the human animal to find ways to survive. Even to the point of intellectual power being used to create thinking patterns and emotional attachments where life is the only/best choice despite hardships. In addition to the hardwiring of the reptilian brain which will even harm the self in order to preserve life.
Which sort of negates the concept of suicide being an ‘easy’ way out. One has to overcome all of the existing parameters that makes one want to hold on to life. As well as finding a method that will work with certainty as the human body in some cases will still struggle on.
Many say that if one is dissatisfied with one’s life then one must act to change it. For some of us, suicide is that act. Because the pain is too much for the individual to bear. Because one may be tired of the ups and downs. Because there may be nothing in life that the individual truly wants or will be satisfied with.
Makes one wonder… are those who contemplate suicide truly the enlightened ones able to transcend their genetic commands while the rest are just slaves to their DNA…
Surely the contemplation of one’s own end is not simply just a disease or sickness as classified by mental health professionals…
Or is looking that deep into death just too human…