It will generally be found that where the terrors of life come to outweigh the terrors of death One will put an end to their life.
But the terrors of death offer considerable resistance: they stand like a sentinel at the exit gate.Perhaps there is no one alive who would not have put an end to their life if this end were something purely negative, a sudden cessation of existence, but there is something positive in it as well:
The destruction of the body. This is a deterrent, because the body is the phenomenal form of the will to live.
The Struggle with that sentinel is as a rule, however, not as hard as it may seem to us from a distance:
The reason is the antagonism between spiritual and physical suffering, For when we are in great or chronic physical pain we are indifferent to all other troubles : all we are concerned about is recovering.
In the same way, great spiritual suffering makes us insensible to physical pain: we despise it: indeed ,
If it should come to outweigh the other it becomes a beneficial distraction, an interval in spiritual suffering. It is this which makes suicide easier: for the physical pain associated with it loses all significance in the eyes of one afflicted by excessive spiritual suffering.