Can you understand it? What are some reasons behind it? Ever helped someone who wanted to commit suicide?
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Yes, I can understand it very well. It was also quite interesting to read the other comments. For example @BreatheMe said that she will always look at it as a sign of weakness. This is interesting because I believe the notion of suicide also depends a lot on the culture you were born into. In the majority of the western world, seeing suicide as weakness is the "normal" way of looking at it. But in Japan for example, suicide is considered an act of bravery and honor. Rather than considering somebody who commits suicide as selfish, Japanese people tend to admire him/her for his/her determination and willpower and, in some cases, his/her attempt to save other people (family, friends etc.) from shame.
Personally, I come from Switzerland, which is one of only two countries in the world (besides Belgium) where assisted suicide is legal. So we actually have institutions that you can contact if you don't want to live anymore. Of course you can't just die like that. They will go with you through extensive psychological checks and talks but if it turns out in the end that this is not just some temporary feeling that will pass after a few weeks but that you really, sincerely want to stop living, they will help you kill yourself by giving you a poison you can drink that will kill you quickly and without pain (in the end however, you always have to drink it yourself, they're not allowed to pour it into your mouth). Many people who for example have cancer and know that their last few months of their lives will be incredibly painful and torturing decide to instead contact these institutions. Due to the legal situation, there are also quite a lot of foreigners coming to Switzerland to do this, which our media calls "suicide-tourists" (it sounds a little harsh but that's what it is, basically).
I have a very liberal view towards suicide. I believe that our lives belong to nobody else than ourselves. My life doesn't belong to my family, nor my friends, nor the government. Hence, I should be the only person to have a say whether I want to quit it or not. Also, I don't judge anyone who does it. Some people say "just because you xy happened, that's not a reason to commit suicide!" but what they don't understand is that this kind of things work differently for everyone. You can't judge what's bad for your best friend simply because you don't find it so bad. Somebody might be addicted to drugs and want to kill himself. Someone else might lose his whole family and still1
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