You and me are alive, which means that we possess something called life. Life is all about different bio-chemical processes that maintain the working and functioning of different parts of our bodies. A person is called dead when these processes stop and there is no such activity in one’s body. Life and death are considered to be miles apart, but for me, there is not a big difference between the two. When a person is dead, only the internal bio-chemical processes cease to exist, not the external. The moment someone dies different micro-organisms, decomposers besides other organisms start to perform bio-chemical processes on the body by decomposing and degrading the body back to inorganic substituents or by feasting on it. The cycle of life goes on like this, with death of an organism comes the sustenance for the other. Death is a natural process just, like others. Why such a hue and cry? I fail to understand. Either my comprehension about the issue of death is weak or people have been overselling it. Let’s try to put forth the issue of life, death and suicide in a logical and simplified way. Let’s reason for a moment instead of being swayed away by emotions.
As pointed out by many thinkers and philosophers, “a person has the most exclusive and the foremost right over his life”. I don’t think people disagree with that, but still people have a problem with those who choose to end it the way they like. People are too busy declaring the morality of the act of suicide from their own point of view, instead of looking at it from the point of view of those people who commit suicide. There is one basic aspect to be considered while talking about suicide: whether the person believes in God or not. The scale of morality and legitimacy is somewhat different for the two cases.
If the person doesn’t believe in God, then he completely owns his life and he can end it like he wishes. Why should he wait for the arrival of death, when he doesn’t want to live longer? If he wants to die, he has the right to kill himself. You can’t deny that. Why should he, for the happiness of others, stay alive and cause enormous pain to himself, when he doesn’t want to struggle and fight anymore, and wants to end the life of misery and pain? What gives you the right to stop him from killing himself and force him to suffer in the struggle that he doesn’t want to fight anymore? Aren’t you actually forcing an unacceptable life on him and oppressing him to accept it when he has already rejected it? Aren’t you trampling his rights, and his freedom; freedom to live and to die? When people are free to live, shouldn’t they be free to die? Why not? There’s no logical explanation except for the usual babble and rhetoric. When I realize that this life is no more useful to me, and is causing only harm to me. Why shouldn’t I end it, why should I keep on living, and let myself suffer on daily basis? How’s it moral to let yourself suffer miserably, but immoral to end the sufferings? How am I even incumbent to get a moral permission from anyone, so that I may kill myself? I am a free man and I can take decision about my life on my own, to which I have the foremost right. For me, dying a natural death, dying of a disease or killing myself are one and the same thing. Because at the end I just die. And why can’t I choose when and where to die? I have every right to take control of my life and die on my own, instead of waiting for the death to arrive and kill me like a powerless and helpless creature! What if I have realized that the life is meaningless? Why should I still live on? Why should I strive for a meaningless life and help others to live the same? How’s it immoral to end a meaningless life? While people are busy deciding the morality of committing suicide, I’m already dead!
And if a person believes in God, it doesn’t give him less rights over his life. Life is a gift. And when you’re gifted anything, you’ve the right to return it back to the sender, if you don’t want it or if you don’t like it. Why shouldn’t I return a gift which brings me suffering and pain? I have the right to return the gift of life to the Creator. I’m not obliged to accept a gift which I don’t want to accept, and let myself suffer. My life may have a purpose, there may be a reason that God created me, but then why should I be forced to live this life when I don’t want to? What if I realise that, I’m harming the purpose, I was meant for. So, by killing myself, am I not actually helping the purpose, by eradicating the possibile harm which I would have brought to it? Why am I told that I can serve the purpose only when pain and sorrow is inflicted upon me? Why can’t I serve the purpose by giving the ‘most precious’ life for its sake? Dying in a Holy War has the highest reward and killing yourself for the same purpose takes you to the deepest corners of hell, why? In both the cases a life is lost for the purpose, one dies while trying to end the harm which others will bring to it and the other dies while ending the harm which his ownself would have brought to the purpose, shouldn’t then they be equal? Why not? And I didn’t ask God to bring me to life and give me a purpose to live! So, why should I live for a purpose which is enforced on me? I don’t want this life, I don’t want any of His gifts or favors. Why am I forced to live this life for some goddamn purpose? Why should I live for some purpose when I never asked Him to give me a life so that I may serve it, and why am I being forced to live for that enforced purpose? Why am I not allowed to free myself from the chains of purpose that I’ve been forced to wear and carry on, that I’ve been burdened with? Why should I be slave to a bond which I never signed? So, thus hereby, I declare that I have every right to return back this life to its Creator and its Owner, because I don’t want it, and I’ve never promised to live and die according to His terms and conditions. I don’t want to live for some purpose, I just don’t want to live. I don’t want His gift of paradise if I succeed in serving the purpose, and burn in hell for eternity if I fail to do so. Why is this life forced on me? I don’t want this life, and I don’t want any obligations and responsibilty. I have had enough of the bountiful gift of life. I want Him to take back this life, I just don’t want to exist.
Speaking on the account of facts, logic and reasoning, there’s no morality or immorality in killing yourself. How’s it either moral or immoral to stop the functioning of bio-chemical processes of my body? It’s my right whether I want to live or not, whether I want these bio-chemical processes to go on or not. You’re not obliged to live, whether you believe in God or not. If you want to serve some purpose and you want to live for it, or if you just want to live without serving any purpose, you have every right to do so. But if you don’t want to serve any purpose or you don’t believe that any such purpose exists, or you just don’t want to live anymore and you want to kill yourself, you have the same and equal rights to do so. I don’t have to live for someone or some purpose, if I don’t want to. I don’t have to suffer for the sake of someone or some purpose, if I don’t want to. I don’t have to strive and struggle for the sake of someone or some purpose, if I don’t want to. I don’t have to live, if I don’t want to. I have the right to live, and I have the right to die.
It’s my life, my right.
If it’s a gift, just take it back.