Self immolation is that act of sacrificial suicide by setting yourself on fire for a cause. The person counts on their martyrdom to propel their movement forward. Self immolation forces by standers and anyone who hears of the act to recognize the conviction of the victim; it also can give the given cause a negative stigma, but not nearly as much as terrorism. Anyway what are your opinions.
- It is an effective protest methodVote A
- it is effective sometimes, but creates a negative stigma that may actually hurt the causeVote B
- depends on the situationVote C
- It does not work, and is immoralVote D
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Historically it has been effective, but it's also generally plunged the cause into a reputation of nutjobbery and fanatiscism (which in cases like Indian independence caused major issues in legitimacy down the line).
Frankly in a hypothetical situation I would advise against it, purely because intentional martyrdom is a possitivly sad way to focus a cause... but then I am strongly opposed to causes anyway, they get people killed and turn rational folks into a baying blood thirsts mob.
Down with causes, spread the word.1