@The Pentacle Queen,
The Pentacle Queen wrote:
Hi Aaron. I haven't read all the other posts that the others are referring to yet, but in answer to your question:
I do not believe it is selfish. It is your life and you are free to do with it what you want. The tragedy, I would say, is that these issues may well be temporary and that it is is possible you can overcome them and enjoy life.
I would say that anyone who did not respect your choice, and who would deem it as selfish, is actually either selfish themselves, narrow minded, or blinded by their own emotional response. Why would a friend, for example, be more upset that their friend no longer exists, than that their friend is existing within a living hell?
Specious, in my opinion. Sort of like saying a person should not go to a doctor for pneumonia, if one believes that it is not necessary, and then dies from pneumonia. After dying from pneumonia, all the people that knew and liked that person could be thinking why didn't he just go to a doctor and get the pneumonia treated? There is no ethical (aka, selfish) question here. People should get pneumonia treated medically. And similarly, people should get suicide ideation treated medically. The brain of someone with suicide ideation is not working correctly, in my opinion. The question of selfishness ignores the fact that the medical community believes that suicide ideation is a medical condition.
And, one might not have the right to do with one's life as one wants, if one chooses to not live on the top of a mountain as an adult hermit. Living in society reflects a social contract. Society says we are obligated to give others a correct role model. So, one is not just doing with one's life as one wants, since it affects others; sometimes too young to understand many things.
In fact, the argument that one has the right to do with one's life as one wants is an argument that is arguing the correctness of a selfish orientation to society. So, selfishness is not just a question for the person with suicide ideation, since if selfishness can be argued to be a possible choice, that argument is promulgating selfishness. Selfishness then is assigned to the person promulgating the right to be selfish, in my opinion.
All of the above ignores the fact that suicide ideation is a medical condition, and should be treated professionally. The question of selfishness is just avoiding that reality, by not bringing up the need for professional intervention, in my opinion.