The Suicide Paradox

First of all, I am not suicidal, to be honest I am not even depressed, so you are not in for a whiney rant about how life sucks. Instead, this is more of a philosophical look at suicide, how religions view it and if that view is right or not.

For centuries, we have been told that suicide is the weak way out of life, the coward’s path. Judeo-Christian religions say that if you commit suicide, you go directly to hell…do not pass go, do not collect $200…and no matter what good you have done with your life, nothing can balance out that you took your own life. Buddhists believe that life is suffering, so if you are too depressed to go on, what else did you really expect? Wiccans and several other Pagan paths claim that all of life is sacred and taking your own life is shoving a precious gift from the Goddess back in Her face.

Then there is the whole reincarnation issue. Many religions and I would even venture to say most religions believe in reincarnation in some form or another. If you commit suicide and you know you are going to return to earth, what makes you think the next life is going to be any easier? Or what makes you think that you won’t be punished for your actions and come back as a lesser being (whatever that may be)?

Now, we are switching gears, just a bit…many people believe that we come to earth and live this life to learn certain lessons. The ones that commonly come up are learning to love, to forgive, to nurture, to be joyful, grateful, and at peace…and on and on. These lessons are always in a positive light, and it is great that we all want to learn to be a positive influence in life: ours and those around us. The problem that I have is that you can’t have the light without the dark; nature is always in positive/negative, yin/yang, male/female (and you get the point).

What if the lesson the suicidal feeling person was supposed to learn was the heart wrenching desolation, isolation, and depression that drives a person to take their own life? What if they are supposed to come back and be a social worker, psychologist, or other health care professional and their soul knowing that pain is imperative to their ability to help others? Do we assume that we know better than God, Goddess, Deity?

If we are really supposed to be here to learn specific and individual lessons, I would say that it is fair that we are supposed to let people live out the destinies that they have chosen for themselves. If someone tells you that they want to kill themselves, always take them seriously and intervene; you never know, it may be your destiny to change their mind.

All that being said, a good friend once told me that there’s always hope if you’re breathing, so breathe on friends, breathe on.

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