Is it realistically possible to prevent someone from committing suicide? If a person has a mind to take his or her own life, notice the operative words, HIS OR HER OWN LIFE, then the only alternative would be to wrestle that individual to the ground and forcefully take him to a facility specifically intended for that purpose.
This appears to be the mindset of the “Suicide Prevention Hot Lines.” Cops are so often the ones sent to the homes of these emotionally distraught people. Just what a person in their circumstances needs: a gun-toting-badge-wearing-uniformed-thug! Why not a pastor, priest, rabbi or someone trained to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others during such stressful times?
Is it always wise and prudent to assume that there must be something seriously wrong with a person contemplating the taking of his or her own life? Let’s stand back and try to see this through his eyes:
My entire life has been one of abject failure. I’ve never successfully held a job with any one company for more than two years. I have spent about eleven years in prison, and was arrested twice as a peeping tom while married to my wife! Most of my jail-able offenses were that of peeping tom, obsessively violating tens of hundreds of women of their rights to privacy.
Though I’ve not committed a crime in 25 years, still at age 76, I am addicted to pornography, and have been for years. I was an atheist for about the first 43 years of my life. My entire adult years have been that of derision and shame, the reality of which there seems no end.
Additionally, I see a world around me full of angst, war, rampant crime, a life filled with the doubts and fears of hundreds of millions upon millions of those even worse off than myself; poverty, starvation and death, hatred, fraud and a government hell-bent on the perpetuation of this very same reality.
I see there are approximately three and a half billion people, half the population of the world, who have nothing more to live for than another day of starvation, abject poverty, with no place to lay their heads, no food, no running water and no sewage!
I’m acutely aware that there are about one out of every two people in this country who are in poverty, living from paycheck to paycheck, with approximately four million children, women and men with no place to live and no food to eat!
As I see it, life is essentially one huge cesspool, with occasional pleasantries thrown in to give some semblance of sanity and forbearance. Unless, of course, you are one of those inordinately blessed by God…
Case in point: there are only thirteen families in the world who possess far more wealth than half the world, whose wealth “mysteriously” continues to grow, while most of the rest of the world’s wealth “mysteriously” continues to decline.
The Rothschild family literally has over 500 trillion dollars in gold bullion, not paper currency! These people own the Federal Reserve.
When they print this green toilet paper we call money, they loan it to the government at interest, and “we the people” are burdened with paying that debt with the very same currency, thus creating compounded debt! This has been going on since 1913!
Not surprisingly, there are those who not only disparage my rights to question the aforementioned, but my own life’s values as well. They are indeed well prepared to act upon this within the forces of “law,” even to the point of forced “therapy.”
Is Suicide Prevention actually saying there is only one alternative in life, that of only choosing life itself? If a person sees no other alternative than death, is Suicide Prevention actually declaring that they know what is best for that person?
Does anyone, in the eyes of Suicide Prevention, have a right to his or her own life or – are we all wards of the State?
We’ve allowed ourselves, as a nation, to become so indoctrinated with the notion that all humans are properties of the State. It is presumed that when left to our own devices we are certain to fall flat on our faces!
Consequently, we have become incapable of accepting the premise that conditions in life can become so unbearable that death itself may well be a viable and acceptable alternative. After all, there is always hope… Isn’t there?
The taking of one’s own life, or the mere contemplation of it, is so reprehensible in the minds of most, that the vast majority of people believe the forceful prevention of such behavior to be the lesser of two evils!
Rather than confront these issues, people choose to leave it in the hands of so-called “authorities,” Suicide Prevention being just one of these authorities. Makes sense. After all, we leave most everything else in the hands of just a few, those 500 “elect” criminals in Washington, D.C.
Would love to hear your thoughts.