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Thought collision

so on this new day, let's begin from scratch
the pleasure's mine, I give you time
I give you time to screw around
I give you time
I give you time to kiss the ground
I give you time
I give you time to value what you found
But most of all, my friend, I give you time


But what if time isn't really what's needed?

I've been thinking about suicide. How our society views it, how my work looks at it, how much we are all so very afraid of death.

Maybe I'm just jaded, having to deal with suicidal people fairly often, having considered it in the past, but I don't see suicide as the great tragedy that the rest of the world does. Why are we all offended that someone wants to stop living? Why do we all assume that there is something wrong with an individual that no longer wants to live? Come on, this world isn't exactly Utopia. Why shouldn't we respect someone's right to no longer play the game? Let them pack up their toys and go home, to start over again. We respect religious differences (well, some of us do), but we draw the line at letting someone follow through on their beliefs, to seek an afterlife or rebirth.

I can't say anymore that every life is worth living, that life itself is inherently valuable. There comes a point when I look at a life that is always waiting for that brighter tomorrow, hooked on the millenium, and I wish for them peace wherever they can find it.

I think too much (or not enough depending on where you are standing)

what was dark so long, had felt like winter
finally there's sun
and so I sing that I feel so much spring

Comments

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cjhowardcmu
Nov. 26th, 2002 10:13 pm (UTC)
"Story of a man, who decided not to breathe
Turned red, purple, then blue, colorful indeed
No matter what his friends said, he would not conceed
Now he's...dead, y'see...
Everybody knows you got to breathe
"
-DMB
mister_biv
Nov. 26th, 2002 10:38 pm (UTC)
the way I see things
I don't know if there is something more to life, if there really is something that comes after all this. I'm not as experienced in dealing with suicide as you are, but I think a lot of people try to act before they think. Is there really something more worthwhile that will come from taking your own life? Maybe I just can't get beyond the "inherent value" that I see in life. I'm just led to believe that there has to be some reason we're here when we are. We're all very small characters, yes, and in the big scheme of things we can be quite petty... but I tend to hold to the belief that one person can truly make a difference, even if it's only to few other beings, or just one. Sometimes this belief is all that I have... it's the only thing keeping me from a completely miserable existence, so I have to hold it pretty tightly. I just don't know if we really get a second chance, so I believe strongly in using the one chance I know I have to the fullest of my ability, and I can't fathom a life being so hopeless that its owner would want to sacrifice it.

This coming from a guy who - until reading this - nearly posted his deepest thoughts about how wonderful cake would taste right now.
emilisha
Nov. 27th, 2002 12:00 am (UTC)
good music =0)

frogs have so much spring within them!
curlycutie
Nov. 27th, 2002 12:27 am (UTC)
here's my view. i think that there are some instances in which i can see suicide as a relief for someone, but i think those are cases of fatal illnesses and someone wants to end their suffering. i think it's only right for the person to want to die with dignity by dying how they want to instead of in some hospital. on the other hand, when it comes to suicide because someone doesn't want to live anymore because of depression my views change. i just think that most people have at least toyed with the idea of suicide. now, emotional suffering can be just as bad, if not worse, than physical suffering, but i think that when it comes to emotional suffering there is a possibility for the person to be at peace without death. maybe they just need the right person or moment to turn things around for them. if there is a possibility that they can find peace without death i think the little joys of life, or possibilities of joys of life, is motivation enough to want to try to help someone find peace in life. (i kinda wrote a novel as a comment)
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